anifrolumab

Pronunciation: AN i FROL ue mab

Brand: Saphnelo

What is the most important information I should know about anifrolumab?

Use only as directed. Tell your doctor if you use other medicines or have other medical conditions or allergies.

What is anifrolumab?

Anifrolumab is used to treat moderate to severe systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in adults who already receive standard treatment for SLE.

Anifrolumab may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving anifrolumab?

You should not be treated with anifrolumab if you are allergic to it.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • an active or chronic infection;
  • cancer;
  • treatment with a biologic medicine or monoclonal antibody; or
  • if you are scheduled to receive a vaccine.

Make sure you are current on all vaccines before you start using anifrolumab.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or you become pregnant, or if you are breastfeeding.

If you are pregnant, your name may be listed on a pregnancy registry to track the effects of anifrolumab on the baby.

Anifrolumab may affect your baby's immune system, but having SLE during pregnancy may cause complications such as worsened lupus, eclampsia (dangerously high blood pressure), premature birth, miscarriage, or growth problems in the unborn baby. SLE in the mother may also cause lupus or heart problems to develop in the newborn. The benefit of treating SLE may outweigh any risks to the baby.

Not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.

How is anifrolumab given?

Anifrolumab is injected into a vein by a healthcare provider, usually once ever 4 weeks.

This medicine must be given slowly over 30 minutes.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Call your doctor for instructions if you miss an appointment for your anifrolumab injection.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while receiving anifrolumab?

Avoid receiving a "live" vaccine. The vaccine may not work as well while you are using anifrolumab. Live vaccines include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), rotavirus, typhoid, yellow fever, varicella (chickenpox), and zoster (shingles).

What are the possible side effects of anifrolumab?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; feeling lightheaded; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

You may get infections more easily, even serious or fatal infections. Call your doctor right away if you have signs of infection such as:

  • fever, chills, sweats, muscle aches;
  • painful skin sores with warmth or redness;
  • urinating more, pain or burning when you urinate;
  • diarrhea, stomach pain; or
  • cough, shortness of breath.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • fever, chills, cough with mucus, chest pain, feeling short of breath; or
  • symptoms of herpes zoster (shingles) --skin sores or blisters, itching, tingling, burning pain, rash on your face or torso.

Common side effects may include:

  • shingles;
  • cough, trouble breathing;
  • cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat; or
  • headache, tiredness, dizziness, or nausea when the medicine is injected.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect anifrolumab?

Other drugs may affect anifrolumab, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about anifrolumab.

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