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Available by prescription only, fingolimod is approved for treating multiple sclerosis. This medication works by decreasing the number of lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell) in the bloodstream. Unlike many other multiple sclerosis medications (which come in the form of injections), this product comes in capsule form and is taken once daily. Possible side effects include diarrhea, back pain, and coughing.

What Is Fingolimod?

Fingolimod (Gilenya™) is a prescription medication approved to treat multiple sclerosis (MS). Unlike most MS medications that are taken by injection, fingolimod is taken by mouth.
 
(Click What Is Fingolimod Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, fingolimod can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
 
Common side effects of fingolimod include but are not limited to:
 
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
 
(Click Side Effects of Fingolimod to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
 
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