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Anakinra (an a KIN ra)

Pediatric Medication

Brand Names: U.S.

Kineret

Brand Names: Canada

Kineret®

Warning

  • Do not give this drug to your child if he/she has an infection. Check with the doctor to make sure your child is up-to-date on vaccines before starting this drug. Do not give your child live vaccines while taking this drug. If your child is taking adalimumab, etanercept, infliximab, lenalidomide, or thalidomide, talk with your child’s doctor before giving him/her this drug. Your child’s chance of getting an infection may be higher.
  • Sometimes drugs are not safe when your child takes them with other drugs. Taking them together can cause bad side effects. This is one of those drugs. Be sure to talk to your child’s doctor about all the drugs your child takes.

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to treat Neonatal-Onset Multisystem Inflammatory Disease (NOMID).
  • It is used to ease pain and swelling of arthritis.

Is it safe for my child to take this drug?

  • Not if your child has an allergy to anakinra or any other part of this drug.
  • Be sure to let the doctor know if your child has any allergies or side effects to drugs, foods, or dyes. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs your child had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If your child has a latex allergy, talk with the doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

  • If your child has asthma, talk with the doctor.
  • If your child has kidney disease, talk with the doctor.
  • Have your child’s blood work checked. Talk with your child’s doctor.
  • Check all drugs your child is taking with your child’s doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before your child gets any vaccines. Use with this drug may either raise the chance of very bad infection or make the vaccine not work as well.

What are some side effects that I need to call my child’s doctor about right away?

  • If any of this news causes you to be worried, any of the unwanted side effects happen, or if your child is not better after taking this drug.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
  • If your child shows signs of a very bad reaction, call your child’s doctor or the ER right away. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or if your child is not acting normal.
  • If your child shows any signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.5°F (38°C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color or sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.
  • Very bad skin irritation.
  • If your child gets a rash.
  • If your child’s health problem does not get better or if you think your child’s health problem is worse.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

  • Your child may have more chance of getting infections. Avoid crowds and people with infections, colds, or flu.
  • Irritation where the shot is given.
  • Headache.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals and good mouth care may help. Older children may suck hard, sugar-free candy.
  • Low white blood cell count may rarely happen.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.
  • It is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.
  • Your child’s doctor will teach you how to give the shot.
  • Give this drug at the same time of day.
  • Before using this drug, take it out of the refrigerator and leave it at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • Move the site where you give the shot with each shot.
  • Throw syringe away after use. Do not use more than one time.
  • Throw away needles in a needle/sharp disposal box. When the box is full, follow all local rules for getting rid of it. Talk with a doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

  • Give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
  • Do not give 2 doses or extra doses.
  • Do not change the dose or stop your child’s drug. Talk with your child’s doctor.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • Store in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.
  • Do not shake.
  • Protect from light.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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