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Side Effects of Anakinra

Common anakinra side effects may include pain or redness at the injection site, headache, nausea, and diarrhea. Side effects reported with the drug are typically minor and either require no treatment or can be treated easily. However, there are also a number of rare but potentially serious side effects that may occur, such as an infection or allergic reaction.

Anakinra Side Effects: An Introduction

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with anakinra (Kineret®); however, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with anakinra. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of anakinra side effects with you.)

Serious Side Effects Seen With Anakinra

Some anakinra side effects, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Any infection (even though this is a common side effect of anakinra, you should always let your healthcare provider know about any infection you develop while taking the drug)
  • Swollen, painless lymph nodes or other lumps or tumors
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including:
    • Unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling.
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