fingolimod, Gilenya

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GENERIC NAME: fingolimod


DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Fingolimod is an oral medication used for treating multiple sclerosis (MS). Its mechanism of action is unknown, although it may work by reducing the number of circulating lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell), leading to reduced migration of white blood cells into the central nervous system. White blood cells cause inflammation and destruction of nerves in patients with MS. Fingolimod does not cure MS. It decreases the number of MS flares and slows down the development of physical disability caused by MS. The FDA approved fingolimod in September 2010.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Fingolimod is used for reducing the frequency of relapses and for delaying the occurrence of physical disability in patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects are:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/9/2015

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