Gilenya Treatment and Adverse Reactions
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Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with this drug include the following:
- This medication comes in capsule form. It is usually taken by mouth once a day.
- This drug can be taken with or without food. Try taking it with food if it seems to bother your stomach.
- The very first time you take this medicine, you will be in a medical facility where a healthcare provider can monitor you for at least six hours to make sure your heart rate is not dropping too low. In some cases, you may need to be monitored overnight.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
There is only one standard recommended dosage for this medication, regardless of your age or weight. As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Gilenya Dosage for more information.)
Just like any medicine, Gilenya can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
Common side effects of Gilenya 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 Gilenya Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)