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Fingolimod - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Last Updated on Jul 16, 2011
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Information about Fingolimod

Generic Name : Fingolimod
Pronunciation : Fin-GOL-i-mod
Latest prescription information about Fingolimod. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y43.4 | Therapeutic Classification : Immunosuppressants
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Fingolimod

International- Gilenya.
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Why is Fingolimod Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an immunosuppressive agent, prescribed for multiple sclerosis (MS). It decreases white blood cells count.

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When should Fingolimod not be taken? (Contraindications)


Contraindicated in patients with heart attack, unstable angina, stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA) ("mini-stroke"), irregular heartbeat, and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Fingolimod?

PO- The recommended dose is 0.5 mg orally once daily.

How should Fingolimod be taken?

It comes as a capsule to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Fingolimod?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of long-term infection, fainting, eye defects, lung or breathing problems, liver or kidney disease, sugar, heart disease, high blood pressure, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Avoid contact with people who have infections.

Avoid live vaccination while taking this medication.

Monitor electrocardiogram (ECG), complete blood cell counts, blood pressure, lung function, liver function, and eye exams regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Fingolimod?

   Heart : Slow heart rate and high blood pressure.
   Central Nervous system : Headache, dizziness, tingling, weakness and depression.
   Gastrointestinal : Diarrhea.
   Musculoskeletal : Back pain.
   Skin : Hair loss, itching and inflammation.
   Metabolic : Increased liver enzyme, decreased weight and increased level of blood cholesterol.
   Respiratory : Cough and difficulty in breathing.
   Eye : Blurred vision and eye pain.
   Blood : Decrease in white blood cells.

What are the other precautions for Fingolimod?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Fingolimod?

Store it at room temperature (25°C). Protect from moisture.




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