Ilaris Warnings and Precautions
It is important for your healthcare provider to know if you have a weakened immune system or if you get infections easily before you can start treatment with Ilaris. Safety precautions associated with this drug include warnings of potentially dangerous infections or reactions at the injection site. Also, Ilaris may not be safe for use in people taking certain medications or for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to receiving Ilaris® (canakinumab) if you have:
- An infection of any kind, a history of infections that keep coming back, or get infections easily
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- A weakened immune system or immune system problems
- Plans to receive a vaccination
- A history of tuberculosis or ever had a positive tuberculosis test (purified protein derivative, or PPD, skin test)
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Ilaris and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Ilaris and Breastfeeding).
In addition, tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.