If you or a loved one has Cryopyrin-Associated Periodic Syndromes (CAPS), it's important to know and avoid triggers that could potentially cause a flare, or make existing CAPS symptoms worse. Possible triggers for CAPS flares include:
Exposure to cold
Drops in temperature
It's important to avoid these triggers, in addition to working with a doctor on a treatment plan that's right for you or your child.
While there is no cure for CAPS, there are certain medicines that a doctor may recommend to reduce and relieve flares and other CAPS symptoms.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
If you or a loved one are experiencing CAPS symptoms, there are things you can do that may help provide relief. The following tips may help with managing the symptoms of CAPS:
Dressing in layers
Soaking in a warm bath
Drinking warm liquids
While these precautions may help you manage the onset of CAPS symptoms, they are not considered to be a treatment for either FCAS or MWS.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
ILARIS can cause serious side effects, including increased risk of serious infections. ILARIS can lower the ability of your immune system to fight infections. Your healthcare provider should:
test you for tuberculosis (TB) before you receive ILARIS.
monitor you closely for symptoms of TB during treatment with ILARIS.
check you for symptoms of any type of infection before, during, and after treatment with ILARIS.
Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any symptoms of an infection such as fever, sweats or chills, cough, flu-like symptoms, weight loss, shortness of breath, blood in your phlegm, sores on your body, warm or painful areas on your body, diarrhea or stomach pain, or feeling very tired.
You should not receive ILARIS if you are allergic to canakinumab or any of the ingredients in ILARIS.
Before receiving ILARIS, tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:
think you have or are being treated for an active infection.
have symptoms of infection.
have a history of infections that keep coming back.
have a history of low white blood cells.
have or have had HIV, Hepatitis B, or Hepatitis C.
are scheduled to receive any immunizations (vaccines). You should not get 'live vaccines' if you are receiving ILARIS.
are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is not known if ILARIS will harm an unborn baby. Patients who become pregnant while receiving ILARIS should tell their healthcare provider right away.
are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed. It is not known if ILARIS passes into your breast milk. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will receive ILARIS or breastfeed.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take:
medicines that affect the immune system.
medicines called interleukin-1 (IL-1) blocking agents such as Kineret® (anakinra) or Arcalyst® (rilonacept).
medicines called Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) inhibitors such as Enbrel® (etanercept), Humira® (adalimumab), Remicade® (infliximab), Simponi® (golimumab), or Cimzia® (certolizumab pegol).
medicines that affect enzyme metabolism.
Ask your healthcare provider if you are not sure.
ILARIS can cause serious side effects including:
decreased ability of the body to fight infections (immunosuppression). For people treated with medicines that cause immunosuppression like ILARIS, the chances of getting cancer may increase.
allergic reactions. Allergic reactions can happen while receiving ILARIS. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms of an allergic reaction: rash, itching and hives, difficulty breathing or swallowing, dizziness, or feeling faint.
risk of infection with live vaccines. You should not get live vaccines if you are receiving ILARIS. Tell your healthcare provider if you are scheduled to receive any vaccines.
The most common side effects of ILARIS when used for the treatment of CAPS include: cold symptoms, diarrhea, flu (influenza), runny nose, headache, cough, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea (gastroenteritis), feeling like you are spinning (vertigo), weight gain, injection site reactions (such as redness, swelling, warmth, or itching), and nausea.
Tell your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you or does not go away.
ILARIS® (canakinumab) is a prescription medicine injected by your healthcare provider just below the skin (subcutaneous) used to treat adults and children aged 4 years and older who have auto-inflammatory diseases called Cryopyrin-Associated Periodic Syndromes (CAPS), including:
Familial Cold Autoinflammatory Syndrome (FCAS)
Muckle-Wells Syndrome (MWS)
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