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When and How to Use Canakinumab

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with canakinumab include the following:
  • This medication is given as an injection just under the skin (subcutaneously) once every eight weeks for CAPS or every four weeks for SJIA.
  • Your canakinumab injection is normally given by your healthcare provider in a healthcare setting, such as a doctor's office or clinic. It also may be given in your home by a visiting nurse.
  • The vial should be inspected before use. This medication should not be used if the vial contains particles.
  • For this drug to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. Try to keep all of your appointments to receive canakinumab.

Storage Information

Canakinumab should be refrigerated in its original carton. It should not be frozen.
This medication must be mixed with Sterile Water for Injection before use. Once prepared, canakinumab can be stored at room temperature, protected from light, for up to 60 minutes or refrigerated for up to four hours. Because canakinumab does not contain preservatives, any unused portion must be discarded; it cannot be saved for future use.
Keep this and all other medications out of the reach of children and pets.

Is There a Generic Version?

This medication is not available in generic form (see Generic Ilaris).

Who Makes Canakinumab?

Canakinumab is manufactured by Novartis Pharma Stein AG for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

Available Strengths

Canakinumab is available in one strength: Canakinumab 180 mg, which, when mixed properly with Sterile Water for Injection, yields a concentration of 180 mg per 1.2 mL (150 mg per mL).
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