Ilaris

Drug List

Ilaris

Drug Name

Ilaris (Canakinumab)

Manufactured By

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Drug Savings

Nationwide Prescription Connection (NPC) is an experienced advocacy service that helps connect patients to manufacturer provided free and discount programs. We can help the uninsured, under insured, those in the Medicare gap also known as the "doughnut hole", or even those needing help with expensive co-pays.  Our web site makes it easy for you to enter the medications you are taking, along with some basic patient information, and then finds the program that is right for you.

Nationwide Prescription Connection (NPC) is an experienced advocacy service that helps connect patients to manufacturer provided free and discount programs. We can help the uninsured, under insured, those in the Medicare gap also known as the "doughnut hole", or even those needing help with expensive co-pays.  Our web site makes it easy for you to enter the medications you are taking, along with some basic patient information, and then finds the program that is right for you.

Uses

This medication is used to treat a certain group of inherited disorders called cryopyrin-associated periodic syndromes (CAPS), including familial cold autoinflammatory syndrome and Muckle-Wells syndrome. Canakinumab works by blocking a certain natural protein in your body (interleukin-1 beta) that may worsen the symptoms of CAPS. Canakinumab does not cure CAPS, but it can help lessen the symptoms, including rash, joint/muscle pain, fever, eye redness, and tiredness. Canakinumab is also used to treat a certain type of rheumatoid arthritis in children (systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis-SJIA).

How To Use

Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using canakinumab and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. This medication is injected under the skin as directed by your doctor. If you are using this medication to treat CAPS, it is usually given every eight weeks. If you are using this medication to treat SJIA, it is usually given every 4 weeks. The dosage is based on your age, weight, medical condition, and response to treatment. If you are using this medication at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. While preparing the liquid, gently swirl the vial to dissolve the powder. Do not shake the vial. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. The mixed medication should be clear, and either colorless or a pale brownish yellow color. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely. Before injecting each dose, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol. It is important to change the location of the injection site each time to avoid problem areas under the skin. Do not inject into skin that is tender, red, or hard. Never reuse syringes or needles. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it on the same day every 8 weeks. It may help to mark your calendar with a reminder.

Side Effects

Redness, itching, pain, warmth, or swelling at the injection site may occur. Dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, or headache may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. This medication can affect your immune system. It can lower your body's ability to fight an infection. You may be more likely to get serious infections, such as pneumonia, bone/joint infections, skin infections, or sinusitis. It may also be harder to fight an infection you already have. Tell your doctor right away if you develop any signs of an infection, such as fever/chills, cough, or cold/flu symptoms. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. Some products that may interact with this drug include: other IL-1 blockers (such as anakinra, rilonacept), live vaccines, TNF-blockers (such as adalimumab, etanercept, infliximab).

In Case of Overdose

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222

In Case of Missed Dose

For the best possible benefit, it is important to receive each scheduled dose of this medication as directed. If you miss a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist right away to establish a new dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store unmixed drug in the original container in the refrigerator between 36-46 degrees F (2-8 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not freeze. After mixing, if not used within 1 hour, store in the refrigerator and use within the time specified in the product instructions. Each vial of medication is for single use only. Throw away any unused portion. Keep all medications away from children and pets.