Also found in: Wikipedia.


(kan-a-kin-u-mab) ,


(trade name)


Therapeutic: none assigned
Pharmacologic: interleukin antagonists
Pregnancy Category: C


Treatment of Cryopyrin-Associated Periodic Syndromes (CAPS) including Familial Cold Autoinflammatory Syndrome (FCAS) an Muckle-Wells Syndrome (MWS).Active systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis.


Binds and neutralizes the activity of excess interleukin associated with CAPS.

Therapeutic effects

Decreased symptoms of CAPS and systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis.


Absorption: 70% absorbed following subcutaneous administration.
Distribution: Unknown.
Metabolism and Excretion: Unknown.
Half-life: 26 days.

Time/action profile

Subcutwithin 8 days†7 days‡8 weeks
† Noted as normalization of markers of inflammation‡ Blood levels


Contraindicated in: None noted.
Use Cautiously in: Active untreated infection, history of recurrent infections or conditions increasing the propensity of infections; Obstetric: Use only if clearly needed; Lactation: Use cautiously; Pediatric: Children <2 yr (safety not established).

Adverse Reactions/Side Effects

Central nervous system

  • headache (most frequent)
  • vertigo

Ear, Eye, Nose, Throat

  • nasopharyngitis (most frequent)


  • bronchitis


  • diarrhea (most frequent)
  • nausea (most frequent)
  • gastroenteritis


  • injection site reactions


  • weight gain


  • musculoskeletal pain


  • infection (life-threatening)
  • macrophage activation syndrome (life-threatening)
  • influenza (most frequent)


Drug-Drug interaction

Avoid concurrent use of live vaccines ; all vaccinations should be completed prior to treatment.Concurrent use with tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors may ↑ risk of serious infections.May alter activity of drugs metabolized by the CYP450 enzyme system including warfarin ; careful monitoring of such drugs with narrow therapeutic indices should be undertaken.


Cryopyrin-Associated Periodic Syndromes

Subcutaneous (Adults ≥ 40 kg) 150 mg every 8 wk.
Subcutaneous (Adults and Children 15–40 kg) 2 mg/kg; may be ↑ to 3 mg/kg every 8 wk.

Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Subcutaneous (Children ≥2 yr and ≥7.5 kg) 4 mg/kg (max dose = 300 mg) every 4 wk


Lyophilized powder for solution for subcutaneous injection: 180 mg/vial

Nursing implications

Nursing assessment

  • Assess for symptoms of CAPS (fever, headache, urticaria-like rash, arthralgia, myalgia, fatigue, and conjunctivitis) prior to and periodically during therapy.

Potential Nursing Diagnoses

Risk for infection (Adverse Reactions)


  • Test for latent tuberculosis before initiating therapy. If positive, treat prior to therapy.
    • Administer vaccines to bring all recommended vaccinations up to date prior to therapy, including pneumococcal vaccine and inactivated influenza vaccine.
  • Subcutaneous: Reconstitute each vial by slowly injecting 1 mL preservative-free Sterile Water for injection with a 1 mL syringe and an 18 G, 2 inch needle. Swirl vial slowly at a 45° angle for 1 min and allow to stand for 5 min. Then, gently turn vial upside down and back again 10 times. Avoid touching rubber stopper with fingers. Allow vial to stand for 15 min at room temperature to obtain clear solution. Do not shake. Tap side of vial to remove liquid from stopper. Solution is clear to opalescent; colorless or have a slight brownish-yellow tint. May foam slightly. Do not administer solutions that are discolored or contain particulate matter. Must be used within 60 min or refrigerated and used within 4 hr. Discard unused portions.
    • Inject subcut using a 27 gauge 0.5 inch needle. Avoid injection into scar tissue.

Patient/Family Teaching

  • Instruct patient to read Patient Information prior to starting therapy.
  • May cause vertigo. Caution patient to avoid driving and other activities requiring alertness until response to canakinumab is known.
  • Advise patient to notify health care professional immediately if signs of infection (fever, sore throat, dyspnea) or Macrophage Activation Syndrome (fever lasting longer than 3 days, persistent cough, redness in one part of body, warm feeling or swelling of skin) occur.
  • Inform patient to avoid receiving live vaccines during therapy.
  • May cause injection site reactions (pain, erythema, swelling, pruritus, bruising, mass, inflammation, dermatitis, edema, urticaria, vesicles, warmth, hemorrhage). Notify health care professional if reaction is persistent.
  • Advise patient to notify health care professional of all Rx or OTC medications, vitamins, or herbal products being taken and to consult with health care professional before taking other medications.
  • Advise patient to notify health care professional if pregnancy is planned or suspected or if breastfeeding.

Evaluation/Desired Outcomes

  • Improvement in signs and symptoms of CAPS.
  • Improvement in signs and symptoms of Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.
References in periodicals archive ?
BARCELONA -- Inhibiting the interleukin-1 beta innate immunity pathway with canakinumab reduced recurrent cardiovascular events and lung cancer in the groundbreaking phase 3 CANTOS trial, Paul M.
Canakinumab is a fully human monoclonal antibody targeting IL-1B, a key player in systemic inflammation.
inhibitor canakinumab lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease and lung cancer risk by reducing inflammation
The new medications being studied are anakinra, an interleukin 1 Beta recombinant receptor antagonist, and canakinumab, another interleukin receptor blocker.
XOMA is also eligible to receive low-single-digit royalties on canakinumab sales in cardiovascular indications, rising to mid-single-digit royalties under certain circumstances.
A NEW drug could prevent thousands of heart attacks and deaths from cancer, say medics Canakinumab, an anti-inflammatory, may be the biggest breakthrough in treatment since statins, they say.
Doctors say the results on the drug, canakinumab, open a new frontier.
A trial of the drug canakinumab could represent the biggest breakthrough in treatment since the advent of statins to lower cholesterol, its authors say.
As well as cutting the risk of a heart attack by almost a quarter, canakinumab is said to halve the chances of dying from cancer.
com/viewarticle/882005) emerging evidence another drug, Canakinumab, blocks a specific type of cytokine, reducing the risk of follow-up heart attacks.
We report using anti-interleukin-1 agents anakinra and canakinumab in four colchicine-resistant patients who were successfully treated.
sup][6] It seems that the effective treatment options are very limited merely targeting at IL-1 receptor or IL-1[sz] including anakinra which is a short-acting IL-1 receptor antagonist, canakinumab which is a fully human monoclonal antibody providing selective and prolonged IL-1[sz] blockade, and rilonacept which is an IL-1 trap fusion protein.