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What Is Fingolimod Used For?

How Does Fingolimod Work?

It is still unclear how exactly fingolimod works to treat MS. The drug is classified as a "sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor modulator." It binds to certain receptors in the body and prevents lymphocytes from leaving the lymph nodes. This decreases the number of lymphocytes in the bloodstream. A lymphocyte is a type of white blood cell that plays an important role in the immune system.

Is It Safe for Use in Children?

Fingolimod is not approved for use in people younger than 18 years of age, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group.

Is It Safe for Older Adults to Use?

Yes, older adults can use fingolimod. However, the medication has not been adequately studied in older adults to determine whether they will respond any differently to it than younger individuals. Some older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this medication, and may therefore need more careful monitoring.

Is Fingolimod Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend fingolimod for something other than MS. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label uses for fingolimod.
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