Gilenya is a medication that is used to treat multiple sclerosis in adults and was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010.
It is a prescription medication that is available in the form of a pill that is taken once per day. Since it is a prescription, it must be prescribed by a doctor or a professional healthcare provider who has assessed your condition.
Gilenya Multiple Sclerosis
Gilenya will help to slow down the physical problems that most patients get as a result of their Multiple Sclerosis. It is important to remember that Gilenya will not cure Multiple Sclerosis.
According to the US National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Gilenya works by holding in lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, in the lymph nodes. This helps to prevent it from getting in to the central nervous system, which reduces inflammatory damage to the nerve cells.
You should not be taking Gilenya if you have a history of a heart attack, stroke or warning stroke. You should also avoid it if you have had certain types of heart failure, or abnormal or irregular heartbeat within the last six months.
Minor side effects of Gilenya are heartache, abnormal liver tests, diarrhea, cough, flu, sinusitis, back and abdominal pain, and pain in the legs and arms.
Serious side effects of taking Gilenya include a slower heart rate, increased risk of infection, swelling and narrowing of the brain’s blood vessels, breathing problems, possible liver problems, skin cancers such as melanoma, and progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML).
Be sure to take immediate medical attention if you believe you are suffering from any one of these side effects.
Remember to talk with your doctor or a professional healthcare provider before you decide to take Gilenya for your condition. He or she will be able to provide you with the appropriate treatment option for you.
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