Kineret

(anakinra)

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Calms down your immune system to lower inflammation.

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Our bottom line

Kineret (anakinra) is relatively safe but has only shown modest effects in rheumatoid arthritis and is not a first-choice treatment.

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Quick facts about Kineret
  • Drug class: Autoimmune
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • After 6 months of therapy, 38% of patients taking Kineret (anakinra) had a 20% improvement in rheumatoid arthritis defined by the physician and patient.
  • Kineret (anakinra) is an option when standard medications for rheumatoid arthritis do not work or cannot be used.
  • Kineret (anakinra) is a life-saving drug for patients with Cryopyrin-associated periodic syndromes, a genetic disease in children.
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Downsides

  • Kineret (anakinra) is an injection.
  • Can cause increased risk of infection.
  • Can cause injection site related reactions, such as swelling, redness, itching and bruising.
  • Can cause changes in blood counts, nausea, diarrhea and headache.
  • Has only shown modest improvement in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and not recommended as a first choice for RA.
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How it works

Kineret (anakinra) is a biologic medicine that blocks interleukin-6 (IL-6), which causes inflammation and joint damage.

Quick facts about Kineret
  • Drug class: Autoimmune
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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Dosage forms

  • Injection
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What to expect when you take Kineret (anakinra) for Rheumatoid arthritis

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  • Possible side effects
  • Serious infection
  • Injection site reaction
  • Serious allergic reaction
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Side effect rates for Kineret (anakinra)

From 43 clinical trials of Kineret when taken for cryopyrin-associated periodic syndrome
  • Injection site reaction
    16%16%
  • Headache
    14%14%
  • Vomiting
    14%14%
  • Joint pain
    12%12%
  • Fever
    12%12%
  • Common cold
    12%12%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Kineret.

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Risks and Warnings for Kineret (anakinra)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking other immunosuppressant drugs
    • Age 65 or older

    Kineret (anakinra) can increase your risk of serious or life-threatening bacterial, fungal, and viral infections. In some cases, dormant tuberculosis (TB) or hepatitis B virus (HBV) can return. If you develop symptoms of cough, fever, chills, muscle aches, fatigue, dark urine, yellowing of skin/eyes, weight loss, vomiting, change in stool color, stomach discomfort, or skin rash, tell your doctor and get medical care right away.