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Drug

Rilonacept

Pronounced

"ri-LON-a-sept"

Uses

This medication is used to treat a certain group of inherited disorders called cryopyrin-associated periodic syndromes (CAPS), including familial cold autoinflammatory syndrome and Muckle-Wells syndrome. Rilonacept works by blocking a certain natural protein in your body (interleukin-1) that may worsen the symptoms of CAPS. Rilonacept does not cure CAPS, but it can help lessen the symptoms, including rash, joint pain, fever, and tiredness.

How to Use This Medication

Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using rilonacept and each time you get a refill.

Inject this medication under the skin, usually once weekly or as directed by your doctor. Dosage is based on your age, weight, medical condition, and response to treatment.

If you are giving this medication to yourself at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. The mixed medication should be thick, clear, and colorless to pale yellow. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. 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.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it on the same day each week. It may help to mark your calendar with a reminder.

Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.

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