Anakinra Drug Information
If you have not responded to other rheumatoid arthritis treatments, you may benefit from anakinra (Kineret®), a product that belongs to a class of drugs called "biologic response modifiers." The medication is given as a daily injection under the skin. After your healthcare provider shows you how to inject it, you may give yourself your anakinra dose daily (some people may only need to use it every other day).
In clinical studies, people using anakinra had fewer tender or swollen joints and were better able to perform their usual daily activities, such as walking, eating, and dressing, compared to people not using the drug. Anakinra also slowed down the structural damage to joints.
Information your healthcare provider needs when prescribing anakinra includes a list of all other medicines you are taking, including nonprescription drugs and supplements, and any other medical conditions you have. In particular, let your healthcare provider know if you have diabetes, cancer, HIV, or any other disease that weakens the immune system.
(Click Anakinra for more information, including a detailed description of the drug's effects and tips to help you get the most out of each dose.)