What is Ilaris?

Ilaris (canakinumab) is a biologic therapy prescribed to treat a variety of autoimmune inflammatory diseases. 

Ilaris works by blocking IL-1ß. like most cytokines, IL-1ß plays a role in staving off infections. However, when IL-1ß is overproduced in the body, it can create unnecessary autoimmune responses like rashes, joint pain, and fevers.  

As a human monoclonal antibody, Ilaris is able to bind to IL-1ß and prevent it from influencing the inflammatory responses in the body 

What does Ilaris Treat?

  • Periodic fever syndromes 
    • Cryopyrin-Associated Autoinflammatory Syndromes (CAPS) 
      • Familial cold autoinflammatory syndrome (FCAS) 
      • Muckle-Wells syndrome (MWS) 
  • Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) 
  • Hyperimmunoglobulin D syndrome/mevalonate kinase deficiency (HIDS/MKD) 
  • Tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated periodic syndrome (TRAPS) 
  • Stills Disease 
    • Systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (SJIA) 
    • Adult-onset Still’s disease (AOSD) 

Side Effects

  • Upper respiratory tract infections 
  • Nasal and throat inflammation 
  • Abdominal pain 
  • Injection site reaction 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Flu 
  • Headache 
  • Stomach upset 
  • Musculoskeletal pain 
  • Vertigo 
  • Weight gain 

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Injection Duration

Ilaris is given as a subcutaneous injection just under the skin 

Injection Cycle

Once per month or once every other month depending on diagnosis 

What to Expect During Your Injection

Before your injection, it is important to drink plenty of water and come to your appointment hydrated. Additionally, you must alert us as soon as possible to any changes in your insurance to ensure that we are still an in-network provider for your infusion therapy.

  1. Your dedicated Infusion nurse will check your vitals and review your medical history to check for improvements or potential side effects of your injection therapy. 
  2. Your nurse will begin your injection and check in on you periodically during your treatment. 
  3. After your infusion, your nurse will monitor you for 30 minutes to ensure you do not have any complications or reactions to the injection therapy. 

Why patients choose Pure to receive their Ilaris injection

At Pure Infusion Suites®, we create an unmatched patient experience, improve healthcare outcomes and lower the cost of care.

Safe & Private Suites

  • Comfortable, private rooms with a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere
  • 55” TVs with Netflix, Wifi, drinks, snacks, meals & more

Expert Medical Staff

  • Certified FNPs & infusion nurses on-site
  • Insurance pre-authorizations & re-authorizations
  • Patient lab work

Patient Assistance

  • Co-pay assistance & other financial aid programs
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Easy & convenient parking

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