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Fingolimod

Used for: Multiple sclerosis
Chinese name:

What is Fingolimod for?

Fingolimod is an immunosuppressant that can act on sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) receptors to reduce the number of lymphocytes in the central nervous system. Fingolimod is used for multiple sclerosis.

How to use it?

Fingolimod is available in Hong Kong as oral capsules. It can be taken with or without food. Listed below are the indications and the dosages.

 

Relapsing multiple sclerosis
Child above 10 years of age and weighed heavier than 40 kg, adult and elderly
0.5 mg once daily.

 

Child above 10 years of age and weighed lighter than 40 kg
0.25 mg once daily.

What are the side effects of Fingolimod?

Common side effects of Fingolimod include increased gamma-glutamyl transfer, diarrhea, nausea, bradycardia, increased liver enzymes, influenza, headache, cough and sinusitis.

Who should not take Fingolimod?

  • People who are allergic to Fingolimod or any component of the formulation.
  • Patients with cardiovascular diseases.
  • Patients with an increased risk of infection and a severe infection.
  • Patients with severe hepatic impairment.
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women and those who intend to become pregnant.
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Where to buy Fingolimod in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Fingolimod is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

 

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Fingolimod in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.

Brands in Hong Kong
Gilenya
Available dosage
  • 0.25mg / 0.5mg (Capsules)
Drug class
Immunosuppressants
Sub class
S1P Receptor Modulators