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Rilonacept is a drug used to treat hereditary autoinflammatory conditions in adults and children as young as 12 years old. Specifically, rilonacept is used to treat a group of rare conditions called cryopyrin-associated periodic syndromes (CAPS), including familial cold autoinflammatory syndrome and Muckle-Wells syndrome. It comes as an injection that is given once a week. Side effects include coughing and reactions at the injection site.
What Is Rilonacept?Rilonacept (Arcalyst®) is a prescription medication approved to treat cryopyrin-associated periodic syndromes (CAPS) in adults and children as young as 12 years old. CAPS are a rare hereditary group of autoinflammatory conditions, including familial cold autoinflammatory syndrome (FCAS) and Muckle-Wells syndrome (MWS).
Are There Side Effects?Just like any medicine, rilonacept may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
- Reactions at the injection site, such as redness, swelling, itching, or bruising
- Upper respiratory tract infections
- Reduced sensitivity to touch.