Arcalyst Warnings and Precautions
Before you start treatment with Arcalyst, your healthcare provider needs to know if you have ever had tuberculosis, a weakened immune system, or if you get infections easily. Other precautions for safely using this medication include warnings of potential allergic reactions and drug interactions. Arcalyst may also be unsafe for women to use while pregnant or breastfeeding.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Arcalyst® (rilonacept) if you have:
- An infection of any kind, a history of infections that keep coming back, or get infections easily
- A history of hepatitis
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- A weakened immune system or immune system problems
- Plans to receive a vaccination
- A history of cancer
- 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 Arcalyst and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Arcalyst and Breastfeeding).
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.