Precautions

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It is important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits to make sure that this medicine is working properly. Blood tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects (e.g., increased amount of cholesterol or fats in the blood) .

Your body's ability to fight infection may be reduced while you are being treated with rilonacept. It is very important that you call your doctor at the first signs of any infection (such as fever or chills; cough or hoarseness; lower back or side pain; or painful or difficult urination) .

While you are being treated with rilonacept, do not have any immunizations (vaccinations) without your doctor's approval. Rilonacept may lower your body's resistance and there is a chance you might get the infection the immunization is meant to prevent. Tell your doctor about any vaccinations you have received in the past. Ask your doctor whether you should receive any vaccinations, including pneumonia and flu shots, before receiving rilonacept .

You will need to have a skin test for tuberculosis before you start using this medicine. Tell your doctor if you or anyone in your home has ever had a positive reaction to a tuberculosis test .

Using this medicine may increase your risk of certain types of cancer. Talk with your doctor about this risk .

Rilonacept may cause a serious allergic reaction. Check with your doctor right away if you have a rash; itching; swelling of the face, tongue, and throat; trouble with breathing; or chest pain after you get the injection .

Do not take adalimumab (Humira®), anakinra (Kineret®), etanercept (Enbrel®), or infliximab (Remicade®) while you are being treated with this medicine, unless your doctor says it is okay .