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Generic: anakinra
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It is used to treat active rheumatoid arthritis in adults.
               



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What is this medicine?

ANAKINRA (an a KIN ra) is used to treat active rheumatoid arthritis in adults.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • asthma
  • infection
  • kidney disease
  • taking adalimumab, etanercept, or infliximab
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to anakinra, latex, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

The medicine is for injection under the skin. You will be taught how to prepare and give this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or healthcare provider to get one.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • adalimumab
  • etanercept
  • infliximab
  • rilonacept

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • some vaccines

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You will need blood tests done while you take this medicine.

If you get a cold or other infection while receiving this medicine, call your doctor or health care professional. Do not treat yourself. The medicine may decrease your body's ability to get rid of infections.

               
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