Gilenya (Fingolimod) is indicated for the treatment of relapsing multiple sclerosis. It is a certain type of multiple sclerosis or MS. Multiple sclerosis is a neurological condition. It is where the immune system attacks the protective covering of nerves. This type of condition occurs when symptoms show up from time to time.
This medication is not a cure for MS. This is will help prevent the immune system cells or lymphocytes from attacking the nerves in your brain or spinal cord. This will help you decrease the number of episodes of worsening. It may also prevent or delay disability.
How does Gilenya (Fingolimod) work?
Gilenya (Fingolimod) binds to the surface of white blood cells called lymphocytes. It is in the blood and these cells are trapped in the lymph glands. It prevents the lymphocytes from crossing in the central nervous system. In which it causes inflammation and damage.
Why use Gilenya (Fingolimod)?
Gilenya (Fingolimod) belongs to a group of drugs called sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1-P) receptor modulators. This drug contains Fingolimod as an active ingredient. This comes as a capsule for oral administration. Each capsule has an equivalent strength of 0.5 mg. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication since 2010.
How to use Gilenya (Fingolimod)?
Gilenya (Fingolimod) is to be taken by mouth usually once a day. You may take each dose with or without food. You will be monitored for at least 6 hours after taking each dose.
Take this medication exactly as it is prescribed. Do not increase your dose or take it more often. Your condition will not improve any faster. It may also cause a high risk of serious side effects. Remember to take this drug at the same time every day.
What are the side-effects of Gilenya (Fingolimod)?
- Tired feeling
- Sinus pain
- Stuffy nose
- Back pain
- Liver transaminase elevations
Warnings and Precautions
- Tell your doctor if you are allergic to this drug.
- Do not share this with others who have the same symptoms as yours.
- Let your doctor know if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
- Inform your doctor if you have any medical history or current treatments/medications.
- You should not receive vaccinations/immunizations while taking this drug. You cannot receive any of it for 2 months after your last dose without consulting your doctor.
- Keep this away from heat and moisture.