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.
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Gilenya [package insert]. East Hanover, NJ: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation;2012 May.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) news release. FDA Drug Safety Communication: Revised recommendations for cardiovascular monitoring and use of multiple sclerosis drug Gilenya (fingolimod). May 14, 2012. Available at http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm303192.htm. Accessed May 28, 2012.
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