Generic Name(s): Tofacitinib
Drug Class: Antirheumatics
Treats: Rheumatoid arthritis
Xeljanz is a first-class drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.This drug can be taken alone or in combination with other drugs like methotrexate and other arthritis medication. Before Xeljanz is taken, tests must be performed to ensure that the patient does not have any infections, tuberculosis or a severe liver disease.
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Xeljanz is a Janus Kinase inhibitor that is administered to patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Xeljanz functions by blocking particular enzymes in the body that affect the immunity system, thus helping reduce swelling, pain and tenderness in joints.
- Rheumatoid arthritis
The dosage of xeljanz depends on the patient's medical condition and response to treatment. It is important to read the medication guide that comes with the drug before you start taking Xeljanz and every time you get a refill. The usual dosage of Xeljanz is listed below:
- 5 mg taken orally two times a day without food.
Contact your doctor before you start or stop taking this drug.
Xeljanz Side Effects
Negative effects should be expected to occur alongside the desired effects of Xeljanz. Most common side effects are diarrhea and headaches. In case these worsen, do not hesitate to contact your doctor for medical assistance. More severe side effects include:
- Severe stomach/abdominal pain
- Unusual tiredness
- Yellowing of skin or eyes
- Fast heartbeat
- Dark urine (signs of liver disease)
- Persistent nausea and vomiting
- Shortness of breath
In case any of these side effects are experienced, inform your doctor as soon as possible for help or alternative medication.
Drug interactions are dangerous to your health thus it is advisable to share a list of the drugs or products you are taking with your doctor to prevent interactions. Some of the products that are known to interact with Xeljanz include:
- Anti depressants such as desipramine
- HIV medication such as efavirenz
- Tuberculosis medication such as rifabutin and rifapentine
Many more drugs (unlisted) can interact with Xeljanz and in case of interactions, contact your doctor as soon as possible for assistance. Xeljanz may increase the risk of certain cancers as it changes the immunity system of the body.