Infections: Cosentyx has the potential to increase the risk of infections. In clinical studies, infections have been observed in patients receiving Cosentyx (see ADVERSE REACTIONS). Most of these were mild or moderate.
Caution should be exercised when considering the use of Cosentyx in patients with a chronic infection or a history of recurrent infection.
Patients should be instructed to seek medical advice if signs or symptoms suggestive of an infection occur. If a patient develops a serious infection, the patient should be closely monitored and Cosentyx should not be administered until the infection resolves.
No increased susceptibility to tuberculosis was reported from clinical studies. However, Cosentyx should not be given to patients with active tuberculosis. Anti-tuberculosis therapy should be considered prior to initiation of Cosentyx in patients with latent tuberculosis.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): Caution should be exercised when prescribing Cosentyx to patients with active inflammatory bowel disease (e.g. Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis) as exacerbations of IBD, in some cases serious, were observed in clinical studies in both Cosentyx and placebo groups. Patients who are treated with Cosentyx and have active IBD should be followed closely.
Hypersensitivity reactions: In clinical studies, rare cases of anaphylactic reactions have been observed in patients receiving Cosentyx. If an anaphylactic or other serious allergic reaction occurs, administration of Cosentyx should be discontinued immediately and appropriate therapy initiated.
Latex-sensitive individuals - prefilled-pen: The removable cap of the Cosentyx pre-filled pen contains a derivative of natural rubber latex. Although no natural rubber latex is detected in the cap, the safe use of Cosentyx pre-filled pen in latex-sensitive individuals has not been studied.
Vaccinations: Live vaccines should not be given concurrently with Cosentyx (see also INTERACTIONS).
Patients receiving Cosentyx may receive concurrent inactivated or non-live vaccinations.
In a study, after meningococcal and inactivated influenza vaccinations, a similar proportion of patients treated with Cosentyx and patients treated with placebo were able to mount an adequate immune response of at least a 4-fold increase in antibody titers to meningococcal and influenza vaccines. The data suggest that Cosentyx does not suppress the humoral immune response to the meningococcal or influenza vaccines.