Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Rheumatoid arthritis
Adult: 100 mg daily, administered at approx the same time each day. May be used w/ methotrexate.

Cryopyrin associated periodic syndromes
Adult: Initially, 1-2 mg/kg daily. Severe: Adjust dose in increments of 0.5-1 mg/kg after 1-2 mth if necessary. Maintenance: 3-4 mg/kg daily. Max: 8 mg/kg daily.
Child: ≥8 mth ≥10 kg: Same as adult dose.
Renal Impairment
CrCl (mL/min) Dosage
<30 Contraindicated.
Hypersensitivity to E. coli-derived proteins or anakinra. Neutropenia (absolute neutrophil count <1.5 x 109/L). Severe renal impairment (CrCl <30 mL/min).
Special Precautions
Patient w/ active infections, including chronic or localised infections, history of recurrent infections or w/ underlying conditions that may predispose to infections, asthma. Moderate renal (CrCl 30-50 mL/min) and severe hepatic impairment. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Infection (e.g. upper resp tract infection, sinus infection), mild to moderate inj site reactions w/ symptoms of erythema, bruising, swelling and pain, headache, nausea, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, elevated transaminases, non-infectious hepatitis. Rarely, allergic reactions e.g. rashes.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor neutrophil counts before initiating treatment, mthly during the 1st 6 mth, and quarterly thereafter.
Drug Interactions
Enhanced adverse effects of live vaccines. Co-admin w/ etanercept or other tumour necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors may induce serious infection and neutropenia.
Description: Anakinra is a recombinant receptor antagonist of interleukin-1 (IL-1). It competitively inhibits IL-1 binding to interleukin-1 type I receptor (IL-1RI) and hence blocks the activity of endogenous IL-1α and IL-1β. IL-1 is involved in inflammatory and immunological responses, cartilage degradation (loss of proteoglycans), stimulates bone resorption and its production is induced by inflammatory stimuli.
Absorption: Absolute bioavailability: 95%. Time to peak plasma concentration: 3-7 hr.
Excretion: Excreted mainly in the urine. Terminal half-life: Approx 4-6 hr.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Anakinra, CID=139595263, (accessed on Jan. 20, 2020)

Store between 2-8°C. Do not freeze. Protect from light.
MIMS Class
Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs)
ATC Classification
L04AC03 - anakinra ; Belongs to the class of interleukin inhibitors. Used as immunosuppressants.
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