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What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Anakinra Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(an a KIN ra)

U.S. Brand Names


Canadian Brand Names


Pharmacologic Category

Antirheumatic, Disease Modifying; Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• You should not take this medicine if you have an infection. Check with healthcare provider to make sure you are up-to-date on vaccinations before starting this medicine. Do not get live vaccinations while you are taking this medicine. If you are taking adalimumab, etanercept, infliximab, lenalidomide, or thalidomide, talk with healthcare provider before taking this medicine. Your risk of infection may be higher.

• This medicine does not mix well with many medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to anakinra or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have a latex allergy, talk with healthcare provider.

• If you have an infection.

How does it work?

• Anakinra blocks a chemical that causes pain and inflammation in the joints.

How is it best taken?

• This medicine is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.

• Your healthcare provider may teach you how to give the shot.

• Give at a similar time of day.

• Wash hands before and after use.

• Move site where you give the shot with each shot.

• Throw syringe away after single use. Do not reuse.

• Throw away needles in needle/sharp disposal box and return box to healthcare provider when full.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Check blood work (white blood cells). Talk with healthcare provider.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.

• Do not shake.

• Protect from light.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2005-04-07 16:18:36.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:21:55.0

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