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Anakinra

 

Drug Class:

Biologics (IL-inhibitor)

Brand Names

Kineret


Dosages

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100 mg by injection once a day for adults with RA.

Dosages for children: The dosages listed above are those typically prescribed for adults aged 18-65. Dosages for children can vary. Ask your doctor about the appropriate dosage for your child.




Potential Side Effects

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Bruising, pain or redness at the injection site; low white blood cell count; upper respiratory infection.




Special Instructions

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  • Women of childbearing age should use effective contraception during treatment.

Be Aware

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  • All biologics suppress the immune system and may increase your risk of infections. Tell your doctor if you have an active infection. Do not start treatment if you have a serious or recurrent infection (such as pneumonia). You should be tested for tuberculosis before starting this medication. Do not get a live vaccine when taking biologics.

The Arthritis Today Drug Guide is meant for education – not self-medicating. Arthritis Today, the Arthritis Foundation and the Drug Guide Medical Review Panel do not endorse any products mentioned in this guide. While we endeavor to keep the information up to date, we make no representations or warranties about the completeness of the information provided.

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