General Information on Gilenya
Gilenya is used for treating relapsing MS or multiple sclerosis in adult patients. Active ingredient in the medicine is Fingolimod, and it belongs to a class of drugs referred as immunosuppressants.
The medicine is available in form of oral capsules. It acts by trapping immune cells in the lymph nodes and preventing them from reaching reach the spinal cord and brain. You must remember that this medicine is used only for decreasing the frequency of relapse symptoms. Gilenya does not cure MS.
Side effects of Gilenya
Before you buy Gilenya, inform your doctor if you suffer from Long QT syndrome, diabetes, kidney or liver disease, chronic or active infection, low blood pressure, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, sick sinus syndrome, 2nd degree heart block, or if you have a history of uveitis or any such eye condition. If you suffer any of the aforementioned conditions, your doctor may alter your dosage or ask you to undergo special tests to ensure that Gilenya is safe for you.
Gilenya patients may commonly experience headache, tiredness, back pain, diarrhea, sinus pain, cough or stuffy nose. These are mild side effects of the drug and subside on their own as your body gets adjusted to the medicine. However, notify your doctor at once if any of these symptoms become severe or persist for a long time.
Some serious side effects associated with the drug include dizziness, tiredness or weakness, slow heart beats, chest pain, fluttering in chest, pounding heartbeats, sudden weakness or numbness, severe headache, wheezing, problems with walking or speech, trouble breathing, chest tightness, cough with green or yellow mucus, sores in the throat and mouth, oozing, upper stomach pain, loss of appetite, clay-colored stools, dark urine, or yellowing of eyes or skin. Seek medical attention immediately if you develop any of these symptoms.
The drug may increase your sensitivity to light and may lead to certain eye problems. You may experience vision problems, blurred vision, eye pain, blind shadows, or spots in the center of vision. Such symptoms may occur even after 3 to 4 months after starting Gilenya treatment.
The safety of Gilenya in pregnant and lactating women has not been studied. You must consult your doctor before you buy Gilenya if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Dosage of Gilenya
Usually, your doctor will recommend you to take Gilenya 0.5mg once a day. Dosage higher than this can commonly result in serious adverse reactions of the drug. You can take the capsule with or without meals.
You will receive the first dosage of this drug in a hospital setting. Your doctor may keep you under observation for 6 hours in order to make sure that no signs of bradycardia are developed.
Drug Interactions of Gilenya
Certain drugs may interact with Gilenya. Name of some such drugs are heart rhythm medicines, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, or drugs that may weaken your immune system such as steroids, cancer medicines.
This is not a complete list of drugs that may interact with Gilenya. That is why it is important that you inform your doctor in advance about all the drugs that you are taking, including all herbal and non-prescription drugs.