FINGOLIMOD - fingolimod hydrochloride capsule 
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Fingolimod (fin gol' i mod)


Read this Medication Guide before you start taking fingolimod and each time you get a refill. There may be new information.  If you are the parent of a child who is being treated with fingolimod, the following information applies to your child. This information does not take the place of talking to your doctor about your medical condition or your treatment.

What is the most important information I should know about fingolimod?

Fingolimod may cause serious side effects, including:

1. Slow heart rate (bradycardia or bradyarrhythmia) when you start taking fingolimod.

Fingolimod can cause your heart rate to slow down, especially after you take your first dose. You will have a test, to check the electrical activity of your heart called an electrocardiogram (ECG), before you take your first dose of fingolimod.

All adults will be observed by a healthcare professional for at least 6 hours after taking their first dose of fingolimod.

After you take your first dose of fingolimod:

      ○  dizziness

      ○  tiredness

      ○  feeling like your heart is beating slowly or skipping beats

      ○  chest pain

Your slow heart rate will usually return to normal within 1 month after you start taking fingolimod capsules. Call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away if you have any symptoms of a slow heart rate.

If you miss 1 or more doses of fingolimod, you may need to be observed by a healthcare professional when you take your next dose. Call your doctor if you miss a dose of fingolimod. See "How should I take fingolimod?"

2. Pregnancy. Please consult your doctor before getting pregnant. You should avoid becoming pregnant while taking fingolimod or in the two months after you stop taking it because of the risk of harm to the baby.

3. Infections. Fingolimod can increase your risk of serious infections that can be life-threatening and cause death. You should not receive live vaccines during treatment with fingolimod and for 2 months after you stop taking fingolimod. Talk to your doctor before you receive a vaccine during treatment and for 2 months after treatment with fingolimod. If you receive a live vaccine, you may get the infection the vaccine was meant to prevent. Vaccines may not work as well when given during treatment with fingolimod. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Due to risk of HPV infection please consult your doctor for routine pap smear.

Fingolimod lowers the number of white blood cells (lymphocytes) in your blood. This will usually go back to normal within 2 months of stopping treatment. Your doctor may do a blood test to check your white blood cells before you start taking fingolimod. Call your doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms of an infection during treatment with fingolimod and for 2 months after your last dose of fingolimod:

4. Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). PML is a rare brain infection that usually leads to death or severe disability. If PML happens, it usually happens in people with weakened immune systems but has happened in people who do not have weakened immune systems. Symptoms of PML get worse over days to weeks. Call your doctor right away if you have any new or worsening symptoms of PML, that have lasted several days, including:

5. A problem with your vision called macular edema. Macular edema can cause some of the same vision symptoms as a multiple sclerosis (MS) attack (optic neuritis). You may not notice any symptoms with macular edema. If macular edema happens, it usually starts in the first 3 to 4 months after you start taking fingolimod. Your doctor should test your vision before you start taking fingolimod and 3 to 4 months after you start taking fingolimod, or any time you notice vision changes during treatment with fingolimod. Your risk of macular edema is higher if you have diabetes or have had an inflammation of your eye called uveitis.

      Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:

What is fingolimod capsule?

Fingolimod capsule is a prescription medicine used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically  isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease, in adults.

It is not known if fingolimod capsules are safe and effective in children under 10 years of age.

Who should not take fingolimod?

Do not take fingolimod if you:

Talk to your doctor before taking fingolimod capsules if you have any of these conditions, or do not know if you have any of these conditions.

What should I tell my doctor before taking fingolimod?

Before you take fingolimod, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you had or now have:

•an irregular or abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia).

•a history of stroke or mini-stroke.

•heart problems, including heart attack or angina.

•a history of repeated fainting (syncope).

•a fever or infection, or you are unable to fight infections due to a disease or take or have taken medicines that lower your immune system.

•recently received a vaccine or are scheduled to receive a vaccine.

•chickenpox or have received the vaccine for chickenpox. Your doctor may do a blood test for chickenpox virus. You may need to get the full course of the vaccine for chickenpox and then wait 1 month before you start taking fingolimod capsules.

•your child has completed their vaccination schedule. Your child needs to have completed their vaccination schedule before starting treatment with fingolimod.

•eye problems, especially an inflammation of the eye called uveitis.


•breathing problems, including during your sleep.

•liver problems.

•high blood pressure.

•types of skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma (BCC) or melanoma.
•are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Fingolimod may harm your unborn baby. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant.Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant while taking fingolimod or if you become pregnant within 2 months after you stop taking fingolimod.
              o You should stop taking fingolimod 2 months before trying to become pregnant.
              o If you are a female who can become pregnant, you should use effective birth control during your treatment with fingolimod and for at least 2 months after you stop taking fingolimod.
•are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if fingolimod passes into your breast milk. Talk to your doctor about the best way to feed your baby if you take fingolimod.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take or have recently taken, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Especially tell your doctor if you take medicines that affect your immune system, including corticosteroids, or have taken them in the past.

Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines with you to show your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

Using fingolimod and other medicines together may affect each other causing serious side effects.

How should I take fingolimod?

What are possible side effects of fingolimod?

Fingolimod can cause serious side effects, including:

      ○   nausea

      ○  vomiting

      ○  stomach pain

      ○  loss of appetite

      ○  tiredness

      ○  your skin or the whites of your eyes turn yellow

      ○  dark urine

The most common side effects of fingolimod include:

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all of the possible side effects of fingolimod. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I store fingolimod capsules?

General information about the safe and effective use of fingolimod capsules.

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use fingolimod capsules for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give fingolimod capsules to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.

This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about fingolimod capsules. If you would like more information, talk with your doctor. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for information about fingolimod capsules that is written for health professionals.

What are the ingredients in fingolimod capsules?

0.5 mg capsules

Active ingredient: Fingolimod hydrochloride

Inactive ingredients: dibasic calcium phosphate, gelatin, magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide, yellow iron oxide.

Imprinting ink: propylene glycol, shellac and in addition, the black ink contains black iron oxide, and potassium hydroxide and yellow ink contains yellow iron oxide.

Pediatric use information is approved for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation's GILENYA (fingolimod) capsules. However, due to Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation's marketing exclusivity rights, this drug product is not labeled with that pediatric information.

Manufactured by:

Alkem Laboratories Ltd.,


Distributed by:
Ascend Laboratories, LLC

Parsippany, NJ 07054

This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Revised: September, 2022 

PT 2379 

Revised: 9/2022
Ascend Laboratories, LLC