THESE IDEAS FROM KINERET® (anakinra)
may help with your injections.
Every injectable is a little different. So, we’ve asked our
KINERET® On TRACK™ nurses and other people
taking KINERET to share their tips and techniques for injecting
KINERET. Be sure to check out our downloadable
Injection Tracker, too. And remember, if you have any questions, a KINERET nurse is
always ready to answer any injection questions.
For questions about your treatment, read the KINERET
Prescribing Information, and/or ask your doctor.
6 STEPS TO SELF-INJECTION
LET YOUR MEDICATION WARM UP
Remove only the syringe you will be using from the refrigerator
and let it warm to room temperature for 30 minutes prior to
injection. KINERET can be left unrefrigerated for up to 12 hours;
after that it needs to be discarded.
Before you start, gather all your supplies. Double check that you
have the right dose of KINERET and that your medication has not
expired. If KINERET is discolored, do not use the syringe; discard
it and call KINERET On TRACK for a replacement.
KEEP IT CLEAN
Wash your hands and work on a clean surface. Using a circular
motion, clean a 2-inch area around your injection site with an
alcohol wipe or cotton ball dampened with rubbing alcohol.
ROTATE YOUR INJECTION SITES
Remember to choose a new site each time you use KINERET. The
can help you plan.
PINCH AND INJECT
Pinch a fold of skin at your cleaned site and, holding the syringe
at a 45-to-90-degree angle, inject KINERET under your skin.
USE A NEW SYRINGE EVERY DAY
After injecting, don’t throw away a syringe in your household
trash. Use a sharps container that is puncture resistant,
leak resistant, and properly labeled. We’ll even include one in
your shipment; if you need a new one, just ask your pharmacy
GET COMPLETE INJECTION INSTRUCTIONS
To complement your optional home injection training with a KINERET On
TRACK nurse, download the
KINERET Prescribing Information
for complete injection instructions. For additional guidance, you can
call KINERET On TRACK at 866.547.0644, 8 AM to 8 PM EST, Monday through Friday.
TRACK YOUR INJECTION SITES
KINERET Injection Tracker
to help in rotating your treatment sites.
SITE SELECTION SUGGESTIONS
Consider these 4 site-selection tips which may help address injection
Choose a new site for each injection to help avoid soreness at a
Do not inject into a site that is tender, red, bruised, or
Do not inject close to a vein that you can see under the surface
of the skin.
Avoid areas with scars or stretch marks.
BONUS TIP: Don’t use an alcohol swab on the site
after injection—it might sting. If there is a little bleeding, just
cover the injection site with a small bandage.
KINERET® (anakinra) is a prescription medicine called an interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra) used to:
- Reduce the signs and symptoms and slow the damage of moderate to severe active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in people aged 18 years and older when 1 or more other drugs for RA have not worked
- Treat people with a form of Cryopyrin-Associated Periodic Syndromes (CAPS) called Neonatal-Onset Multisystem Inflammatory Disease (NOMID)
- Treat people with Deficiency of Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist (DIRA)
KINERET is not for children with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Who should not take KINERET?
People who are allergic to:
- Proteins made from bacteria called E. coli. Ask your healthcare provider if you are not sure
- Anakinra or any of the ingredients in KINERET. See the end of the patient leaflet for a complete list of ingredients in KINERET
What information should I know before starting KINERET?
Before you use KINERET, tell your healthcare provider if you:
- Have an infection, a history of infections that keep coming back, or other problems that can increase your risk of infections
- Are scheduled to receive any vaccines. People using KINERET should not receive live vaccines
- Have kidney problems
- Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if KINERET will harm your unborn baby
- Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if KINERET passes into your breast milk. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will use KINERET or breastfeed
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. KINERET and other medicines may affect each other and cause serious side effects. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take certain other medicines that affect your immune system called Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) blockers. Ask your healthcare provider for a list of these medicines if you are not sure. Know the medications you take. Keep a list of your medicines and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new prescription.
What are the possible side effects of KINERET?
KINERET may cause serious side effects, including:
- Serious infections. KINERET may lower your ability to fight infections. During treatment with KINERET, call your healthcare provider right away if you get an infection, have any sign of an infection including a fever or chills, or have any open sores on your body. You may get an infection if you receive live vaccines while you use KINERET. You should not receive live vaccines while you use KINERET
- Allergic reactions. Stop using KINERET and call your healthcare provider or get emergency help right away if you have any of these symptoms of an allergic reaction: swelling of your face, lips, mouth, or tongue; trouble breathing; wheezing; severe itching; skin rash, redness, or swelling outside of the injection site area; dizziness or fainting; fast heartbeat or pounding in your chest (tachycardia); or sweating. People with DIRA may have an increased risk of allergic reactions, especially in the first several weeks
- Decreased ability of your body to fight infections (immunosuppression). It is not known if treatment with medicines that cause immunosuppression, like KINERET, affect your risk of getting cancer
- Low white blood cell count (neutropenia). KINERET may cause you to have a lower number of certain white cells (neutrophils). Neutrophils are important in fighting infections. You should have blood tests before starting treatment with KINERET, then monthly for 3 months. After the first 3 months you should have your blood tested every 3 months for up to 1 year
The most common side effects of KINERET include:
- Injection site skin reactions, including redness, swelling, bruising, itching, and stinging. Most injection site reactions are mild, happen early during treatment, and last about 14 to 28 days. Injection site reactions have been observed less frequently in people with NOMID
- RA gets worse with treatment, if you already have RA
- Nausea and vomiting
- Joint pain
- Feeling like you have the flu
- Sore throat or runny nose
- Sinus infection
- Pain in your stomach area
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. These are not all of the possible side effects of KINERET. For more information ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
Please see full Prescribing Information.