This medication is used to treat certain types of periodic fever syndromes, which include cryopyrin-associated periodic syndromes (CAPS), tumor necrosis factor receptor associated periodic syndrome (TRAPS), hyperimmunoglobulin D syndrome (HIDS)/mevalonate kinase deficiency (MKD), and familial Mediterranean fever (FMF). Canakinumab works by blocking a certain natural protein in your body (interleukin-1 beta) that may worsen the symptoms of these diseases. Canakinumab may help to lessen the symptoms, such as rash, joint/muscle pain, fever, eye redness, and tiredness.
Canakinumab is also used to treat a certain type of rheumatoid arthritis in children (systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis-SJIA).
This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.
This drug may also be used for gout.
How to Use This Medication
Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using canakinumab and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medication is injected under the skin as directed by your doctor. If you are using this medication to treat CAPS, it is usually given every 8 weeks. If you are using this medication to treat TRAPS, HIDS/MKD, FMF, SJIA, it is usually given every 4 weeks. The dosage is based on your age, weight, medical condition, and response to treatment.
If you are using this medication at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. Do not shake the vial. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. The liquid should be clear, and either colorless or a pale brownish yellow color. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.
Before injecting each dose, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol. It is important to change the location of the injection site each time to avoid problem areas under the skin. Do not inject into skin that is tender, red, or hard. Never reuse syringes or needles.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, mark your calendar with a reminder when you should get the next dose.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.