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Table of Contents > Drugs >  Anakinra
Anakinra
Pronunciation
Brand Names
Therapeutic Categories
What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?
Reasons not to take this medicine
What is this medicine used for?
How does it work?
How is it best taken?
What do I do if I miss a dose?
What are the precautions when taking this medicine?
What are the common side effects of this medicine?
What should I monitor?
Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately
How should I store this medicine?
General statements

Pronunciation
(an a KIN ra)

Brand Names
Kineret™

Therapeutic Categories
Antirheumatic, Disease Modifying; Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

You should not take this medicine if you have an infection. Check with healthcare provider to make sure you are up-to-date on vaccinations before starting this medicine. Do not get live vaccinations while you are taking this medicine. If you are taking etanercept, infliximab, or thalidomide, talk with healthcare provider before taking this medicine. Your risk of infection may be higher.


Reasons not to take this medicine
  • If you have an allergy to anakinra or any other part of this medicine.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.
  • If you have an infection.

  • What is this medicine used for?
  • This medicine is used to relieve pain and inflammation of arthritis.

  • How does it work?
  • Anakinra blocks a chemical that causes pain and inflammation in the joints.

  • How is it best taken?
  • This medicine is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.
  • Your healthcare provider may teach you how to give the shot.
  • Give at a similar time of day.
  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • Move site where you give the shot with each shot.
  • Throw syringe away after single use. Do not reuse.
  • Throw away needles in needle/sharp disposal box and return box to healthcare provider when full.

  • What do I do if I miss a dose?
  • Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
  • If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.
  • Do not take a double dose or extra doses.
  • Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

  • What are the precautions when taking this medicine?
  • If you have asthma, talk with healthcare provider. You may be at risk for serious infection.
  • Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.

  • What are the common side effects of this medicine?
  • Irritation where the shot is given.
  • Risk of infection. Avoid crowds and people with infections, colds, or flu.
  • Headache. Mild pain medicine may help.
  • Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard candy, or chewing gum may help.
  • Low white blood cell count can rarely occur.

  • What should I monitor?
  • Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
  • Check blood work (white blood cells). Talk with healthcare provider.
  • Follow up with healthcare provider.

  • Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately
  • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center immediately or dial 911.
  • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs or symptoms of infection. These include a fever of 100.5 degrees or higher, chills, severe sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, increased sputum or change in color, painful urination, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.
  • Severe skin irritation.
  • Any rash.
  • No improvement in condition or feeling worse.

  • How should I store this medicine?
  • Store in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.
  • Protect from light.

  • General statements
  • Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).
  • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

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