Gilenya (Fingolimod)

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Gilenya (Fingolimod) Medication Information

Uses

Gilenya is a sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor modulator that is used to treat relapsing multiple sclerosis. 

Dosage

The capsules are available in 0.5 mg strength. 

Side Effects

The most common side effects of Gilenya include:

  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Influenza
  • Back pain
  • Cough
  • Increase in liver enzymes

Speak with your doctor for a full list of side effects that apply to you if you are taking Fingolimod.

Precautions

There is an increased risk of an infection when taking Gilenya. 

There is a possible risk of decreased pulmonary function in patients taking Fingolimod.

There is a risk of liver dysfunction with Gilenya use. 

Interactions

The most common drug interactions with Gilenya include:

  • Ketoconazole
  • Vaccines 

Speak with your doctor for more information and before starting a new medication with Fingolimod. 

Storage

Store at room temperature (77 ºF). 

Pharmacist Tips

  • There is an increased risk of infections in patients who take Gilenya.
  • The recommended dose of Gilenya is one capsule once daily.
  • Fingolimod can be taken with or without food. 

Fingolimod FAQs

How long can you stay on Gilenya?

Gilenya has been studied to be safe to take up to 3 years. 

 

How long does it take Gilenya to work?

It can take a few weeks to see the full effect of Gilenya.

 

Does Gilenya weaken the immune system?

Yes, Fingolimod is an immunosuppressant, so it will weaken the immune system.

 

How much is Gilenya a month?

The average price patients pay for Gilenya is $4000 a month in the USA.

 

What are the side effects of GIlenya?

The most common side effects of Fingolimod are headache, diarrhea, back pain, cough, and influenza.

Related Drugs

Reference:

Gilenya {package insert}.Novartis; 2012.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2012/022527s008lbl.pdf

PharmD Medical Writer

Author: Dr. Larisa Roybal, PharmD

Dr. Roybal is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist who has practiced in both ambulatory and acute care settings. Her pharmacy interests include oncology and general inpatient pharmacy.

The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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