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ANAKINRA (Kineret) [Anne-A-kin-rah]
How to use this medication
Some people with arthritis have too much IL-1. IL-1 is a protein found in the body that can cause pain and swelling in the joints. Anakinra is a biologic medicine that blocks IL-1 and helps the pain and swelling of arthritis.
Anakinra is taken every day. You, a friend, or a family member can be taught how to give the injections.
It may take many weeks before you know if anakinra is working. Keep taking your medication and discuss with your doctor.
What you need to do
It is important to occasionally have your blood tested while taking anakinra. This is important to keep track of your arthritis and to make sure your blood counts are ok.
Anakinra can make it harder for you to fight off infections. Stop taking anakinra and call your doctor if:
- You develop a fever
- You think you have an infection
- You are given antibiotics to treat an infection
Anakinra has not been studied in pregnancy. Let your doctor know if you are planning to get pregnant or if you are breastfeeding.
Side effects & important things to know
Anakinra can cause a reaction (redness, swelling, pain, & itching) at the injection site. Tell your doctor if these are severe. They can get better over time.
Anakinra should be stopped before surgery. It can be restarted once things have healed and there is no sign of infection. If you are having surgery, talk to your doctor about when to stop the medicine.
Anakinra has not been associated with development of cancer. It is not known if long-term use could increase this risk. Please discuss this with your doctor.
When should I call my doctor
- If you feel sick and want to stop
- If you are concerned about any side effects
- If you want to or have already stopped the medicine