What is Kineret?

Kineret is the brand name for a medication known as anakinra. It works by reducing the actions of chemicals in the body that are involved in inflammatory and immune responses. Kineret is often used to treat the symptoms of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis in adults. It may also help slow the progress of the disease.

This medication is usually given after other arthritis medications have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms.

Kineret may also used for the treatment of children and adults with neonatal-onset multisystem inflammatory disease (NOMID).

 Important Information about Kineret

Kineret can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections. If you have asthma, kidney disease, a latex allergy, a weak immune system, an active or chronic infection, or signs of infection such as fever, chills, or open sores on your skin tell your Doctor before taking Kineret. When taking Kineret patients are advised to avoid those who are sick or have infections. Regular blood work will be reuqired to ensure the patients health.

Kineret Side Effects

Kinerety produces the desired effects, helping patients find relief. However it also creates side effects that can cause the patient discomfort. While these side effects do not occur in all patients, if you do experience any of these side effects contact your prescribing Doctor immediately.

  • Chest pain
  • cough
  • diarrhea
  • fever or chills
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • headache
  • itching, pain, redness, swelling, tenderness or warmth on skin
  • joint pain
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle aches and pains
  • nausea
  • pain or tenderness around eyes and cheekbones
  • redness, bruising pain at the injection site
  • runny nose
  • shivering
  • shortness of breath
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • sweating
  • tightness in chest
  • trouble sleeping
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting
  • wheezing

Commonly patients will experience stomach pain when taking Kineret. This does not require medical attention and symptoms can be eased with tips given by the prescribing Doctor.

Kineret Use

Kineret is used to treat the symptoms of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis in adults. This medication may also used for the treatment of children and adults with neonatal-onset multisystem inflammatory disease (NOMID).

Kineret works by reducing the actions of chemicals in the body that are involved in inflammatory and immune responses. This is a last choice medication. Patients taking Kineret may lack the ability to fight infection and require regular blood testing.

Kineret Dosage and Directions

The average adult dose for Kineret in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis is 100 mg/day administered daily by subcutaneous injection. The medication is to be given at approximately the same time each day. Increased dose does not mean greater effects.

Pediatric patients being treated for Neonatal-Onset Multisystem Inflammatory Disease (NOMID) receive an average initial dose of 1-2 mg/kg subcutaneously once daily.  The maximum dose given is 8 mg/kg subcutaneously once daily.