Anakinra

Content last updated on: May 29, 2017

 
 

Summary of anakinra

Anakinra is an anti-inflammatory drug. It is only available as injections. It should be used on a daily basis. It has few side effect. The most important side effect of anakinra is local skin reaction.

 

Anakinra is an anti-inflammatory drug

Anakinra (its brand name is Kineret) is a drug that is commonly used in the treatment of autoinflammatory diseases. It inhibits the effects of the inflammatory mediator interleukin- (IL-1). This inflammatory mediator causes the signs and symptoms of autoinflammatory diseases.

 

IL-1 causes signs and symptoms of autoinflammation

IL-1 is an inflammatory mediator produced by certain white blood cells. These white blood cells are part of the so called innate immune system. IL-1 causes inflammatory signs and symptoms, such as fever, abdominal pain, muscle and joint pain and skin rash. Other inflammatory symptoms can also be caused by IL-1.

The symptoms and signs of inflammation arise when IL-1 binds to its receptor. A receptor is a protein located on ... Read more »