Anakinra reduces the actions of chemicals in the body that are involved in inflammatory and immune responses.
Anakinra is used to treat the symptoms of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis in adults. Anakinra may also help slow the progress of the disease.
Anakinra is usually given after other arthritis medications have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms.
You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking anakinra:
fever or chills
itching, pain, redness, swelling, tenderness or warmth on the skin
muscle aches and pains
nausea or vomiting
runny nose or sneezing
Less common or rare:
Difficulty with swallowing
hives, itching, or rash
swelling of the face or lips
unusual bruising or bleeding
unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known:
hives or welts
large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips or tongue
Some of the side effects that can occur with anakinra may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:
Abdominal or stomach pain
bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, pain, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at the injection site
difficulty with moving
muscle aches or stiffness