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Pregnancy Category: C
Pharmacologic: interleukin antagonists
ClassificationTherapeutic: none assigned
Pharmacologic: interleukin antagonists
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.
Decreased symptoms of CAPS and systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
Absorption: 70% absorbed following subcutaneous administration.
Metabolism and Excretion: Unknown.
Half-life: 26 days.
|Subcut||within 8 days†||7 days‡||8 weeks|
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)
Ear, Eye, Nose, Throat
- nasopharyngitis (most frequent)
- diarrhea (most frequent)
- nausea (most frequent)
- injection site reactions
- weight gain
- musculoskeletal pain
- infection (life-threatening)
- macrophage activation syndrome (life-threatening)
- influenza (most frequent)
Drug-Drug interactionAvoid 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
- Assess for symptoms of CAPS (fever, headache, urticaria-like rash, arthralgia, myalgia, fatigue, and conjunctivitis) prior to and periodically during therapy.
Potential Nursing DiagnosesRisk 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.
- 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.
- Improvement in signs and symptoms of CAPS.
- Improvement in signs and symptoms of Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.