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Fingolimod

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Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Gilenyaź
    • Brand Names: Canada: Gilenyaź

    Uses
    • It is used to lower the number of setbacks with MS (multiple sclerosis).
    • Fingolimod helps fight MS (multiple sclerosis).
    • It helps swelling.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • The first dose is given in a doctor's office. You will be watched for 6 hours after the first dose.
    • You will need an ECG before starting this drug.
    • Take tablets with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not use 2 doses or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs. Taking them together can cause bad side effects. This is one of those drugs. Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.
    • Please read the medication guide.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to fingolimod or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have any of these health problems: Poor electrical action in the heart without a working pacemaker, recent heart attack, recent stroke, slow heartbeat, or weak heart.
    • If you are breast-feeding.

    Precautions

    • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), talk with your doctor.
    • If you have any eye problems, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have heart disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have lung disease, talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood pressure and heart rate checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood work checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • Have an eye exam every year.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Talk with your doctor before getting any vaccines. Use with this drug may either raise the chance of an infection or make the vaccine not work as well.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Use birth control that you can trust during care and for 2 months after care ends.

    Side Effects

    • Headache.
    • Flu-like signs. These include headache, weakness, fever, shakes, aches, pains, and sweating.
    • Cough.
    • Loose stools (diarrhea).
    • Back pain.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.5°F (38°C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.
    • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
    • Unsafe or slow heartbeat.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • Sudden change in eyesight, eye pain, or irritation.
    • Very bad belly pain.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Not able to eat.
    • Dark urine or yellow skin or eyes.
    • For women, if you are pregnant or may be pregnant.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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