What is Gilenya?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Fingolimod

Gilenya, a brand name for the drug fingolimod, is used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) by decreasing the number of MS flare-ups (relapses).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Multiple sclerosis 472 388
Balance problems 1 1
Diabetes type 2 1 0
Doctor recommendation 1 0
Fever/chills 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 64
Moderate 37
Mild 60
None 235

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Gilenya

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 13
Headaches 13
Nausea 10
Elevated liver enzymes 8
Hair loss 6
Heart palpitations 6

Show all 125 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Gilenya

Dosage Patients
0.5 mg daily 65
1 capsule(s) daily 9
5 mg daily 4
0.05 mg daily 3
1 mg daily 3
0.5 mg m,w,f 2
1 cap(s) daily 2
0.5 mg weekly 1
0.5 g daily 1
1 tablet(s) daily 1

See all 12 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Gilenya

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 53
Doctor's advice 51
Did not seem to work 43
Other 29
Personal research 6
Expense 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
Course of treatment ended 2
See all 129 patients who've stopped taking Gilenya

Duration

Currently taking Gilenya

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 33
5 - 10 years 37
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Gilenya

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 20
1 - 6 months 35
6 months - 1 year 28
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 22
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 365
Usually 12
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 15
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 8
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 23
Not at all hard to take 360
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 23
$100-199 13
$50-99 17
$25-49 44
< $25 201
Not specified 98

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Gilenya after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone) 35
Natalizumab (Tysabri) 27
Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection (Rebif) 19
Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) 18
Interferon beta-1a IM Injection (Avonex) 15

Show all 16 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Gilenya and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) 14
Natalizumab (Tysabri) 11
Teriflunomide (Aubagio) 8
Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone) 5
Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection (Rebif) 3

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching to

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28 patient evaluations for Gilenya

Jan 5, 2017 (Started Dec 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for relapse MS (exacerbation))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 30, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 9, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 13, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: every morning, I have my coffee and my pill
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 15, 2016 (Started Jun 23, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (low white blood cell count (leukopenia))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Was a pill rather than shot.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

Dec 15, 2015 (Started Jun 23, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (low white blood cell count (leukopenia))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Taking a pill was nice.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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