What happens if I miss a dose (Ilaris)?
Call your doctor for instructions if you miss a dose of this medicine.
What happens if I overdose (Ilaris)?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.
Symptoms of a canakinumab overdose are not known.
What should I avoid while using canakinumab (Ilaris)?
Avoid being near people who have colds, the flu, or other contagious illnesses. Contact your doctor at once if you develop signs of infection.
Do not receive a "live" vaccine while you are being treated with canakinumab. The live vaccine may not work as well during this time, and may not fully protect you from disease. Live vaccines include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), oral polio, chickenpox (varicella), BCG (Bacillus Calmette and Guérin), and nasal flu vaccine.
Make sure you are current on all vaccines before you begin treatment with canakinumab.
What other drugs will affect canakinumab (Ilaris)?
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially:
- adalimumab (Humira);
- certolizumab (Cimzia);
- cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune);
- digoxin (digitalis, Lanoxin, Lanoxicaps);
- etanercept (Enbrel);
- golimumab (Simponi);
- infliximab (Remicade);
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin);
- sirolimus (Rapamune) or tacrolimus (Prograf);
- theophylline (Elixophyllin, Theo-24, Uniphyl);
- seizure medication such as carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Tegretol), divalproex (Depakote), phenytoin (Dilantin), or valproic acid (Depakene); or
- a heart rhythm medication such as disopyramide (Norpace), procainamide (Procan, Pronestyl), or quinidine (Quinidex, Quin-Release Quin-G).
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with canakinumab. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about canakinumab.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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