Medications


Fingolimod Oral Capsule 0.5 mg

Uses

For multiple sclerosis.

Instructions

Keep the medicine in its original container.

This medicine may be taken with or without food.

It is very important that you take the medicine at about the same time every day. It will work best if you do this.

Store at room temperature in a dry place. Do not keep in the bathroom.

Keep the medicine away from heat and light.

Avoid prolonged or excessive sunlight exposure. Use sunscreen lotion with SPF 15 or higher.

It is important that you keep taking each dose of this medicine on time even if you are feeling well.

If you forget to take a dose on time, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, do not take the missed dose. Return to your normal dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses of this medicine at one time.

Please tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the medicines you take. Include both prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Also tell them about any vitamins, herbal medicines, or anything else you take for your health.

If your symptoms do not improve or they worsen while on this medicine, contact your doctor.

Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine. Check with your doctor before stopping.

Use effective birth control to avoid pregnancy.

It is very important that you follow your doctor's instructions for all blood tests.

It is very important that you keep all appointments for medical exams and tests while on this medicine.

Cautions

Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include trouble breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness.

This medicine is associated with a rare but very serious medical condition. Please speak with your doctor about symptoms you should look out for while on this medicine. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop those symptoms.

Some patients on this medicine have developed severe, life-threatening infections. Please speak with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Some patients taking this medicine have experienced serious side effects. Please speak with your doctor to understand the risks and benefits associated with this medicine.

This medicine is associated with an increased risk of serious heart problems, heart attack, and stroke. Please speak with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using this medicine. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience chest pain or difficulty breathing.

Do not use the medication any more than instructed.

Call the doctor if there are any signs of confusion or unusual changes in behavior.

This medicine may reduce your body's ability to fight infections. Try to avoid contact with people with colds, flu or other infections.

Contact your doctor if you develop any signs of a new infection such as fever, cough, sore throat, or chills.

Wash your hands often and avoid close contact with people with infections such as colds and flu.

Speak with your health care provider before receiving any vaccinations.

Tell the doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Do not breastfeed while on this medicine.

Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant while on this medicine, contact your doctor immediately.

This medicine can cause birth defects. Speak with your doctor about birth control methods that should be used while on this medicine.

This medicine can hurt a new baby in the womb. If you become pregnant while on this medicine, tell your doctor immediately. Your doctor may switch you to a different medicine.

Women of child-bearing age should have a negative pregnancy test before starting this medicine.

Women must use reliable forms of birth control while taking this medicine and for 2 months after stopping to prevent pregnancy.

Ask your pharmacist if this medicine can interact with any of your other medicines. Be sure to tell them about all the medicines you take.

Please tell all your doctors and dentists that you are on this medicine before they provide care.

Do not start or stop any other medicines without first speaking to your doctor or pharmacist.

If you have had a heart attack or a stroke within the past 6 months, talk to your doctor before using this medicine.

Do not share this medicine with anyone who has not been prescribed this medicine.

This medicine can cause serious side effects in some patients. Important information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is available from your pharmacist. Please review it carefully with your pharmacist to understand the risks associated with this medicine.

Side Effects

The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.

  • back pain
  • coughing
  • diarrhea
  • headaches
  • high blood pressure
  • increased risk for an infection
  • liver problems

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:

  • irregular heart beat
  • loss of balance
  • chest pain
  • changes in memory, mood, or thinking
  • confusion
  • pain in the eye
  • fainting
  • fever or chills
  • flu-like symptoms
  • swelling in the neck or throat
  • severe or persistent headache
  • fast or irregular heart beats
  • slow heartbeat
  • sensitivity to light
  • symptoms of liver damage (such as yellowing of skin or eyes, dark urine, unusual tiredness or weakness; severe stomach or back pain)
  • seizures
  • shortness of breath
  • light colored stool
  • unusual or unexplained tiredness or weakness
  • blurring or changes of vision
  • vision problems - blind spots or dark spots
  • vision problems - changes in seeing color
  • vomiting
  • weakness
  • weakness on one side of the body

A few people may have an allergic reactions to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.

Extra

Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: This document tells you briefly how to take your medicine, but it does not tell you all there is to know about it.Your doctor or pharmacist may give you other documents about your medicine. Please talk to them if you have any questions.Always follow their advice. There is a more complete description of this medicine available in English.Scan this code on your smartphone or tablet or use the web address below. You can also ask your pharmacist for a printout. If you have any questions, please ask your pharmacist.


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