CinnoTec®


(Dimethyl Fumarate)

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Overview

CinnoTec® is a drug used for immunomodulation

Dosage Forms and Strengths

Hard gelatin delayed-release capsules containing 120 mg or 240 mg of dimethyl fumarate

Indication and Usage

CinnoTec® (dimethyl fumarate) is a prescription medicine used to treat relapsing multiple sclerosis.

CinnoTec® may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

How to Use?

Take CinnoTec® exactly as your doctor has prescribed Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

You may take CinnoTec® with or without food.

Do not crush, chew, break, or open a capsule. Swallow it whole.

CinnoTec® is usually given in two different strengths, one for a starter dose and the other for a maintenance dose. The starter dose is usually taken for only 7 days. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Throw away any unused capsules 90 days after you first opened the bottle.

Other drugs may interact with CinnoTec®, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.

What should I know BEFORE treatment?

Before taking and while you take CinnoTec®, tell your doctor if you have or have had a low white blood cell counts or an infection.

CinnoTec® may cause a serious viral infection of the brain that can lead to disability or death. Call your doctor right away if you have any change in your mental state, decreased vision, weakness on one side of your body, or problems with speech or walking. These symptoms may start gradually and get worse quickly.

You should not use CinnoTec® if you are allergic to dimethyl fumarate.

To make sure CinnoTec® is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have an active infection.

Your doctor may perform blood tests to make sure you do not have conditions that would prevent you from safely using this medicine.

What should I know DURING treatment?

Tell all of your health care providers that you take this drug. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists. Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.

This drug may cause flushing. Taking this drug with food or taking aspirin 30 minutes before this drug may lower how often flushing happens. Aspirin may also lower how bad flushing is when it happens. Talk with your doctor to see if you can take aspirin while you are taking this drug.

Contact Patient Support

If you notice any effects that are not listed above, discuss them with your doctor or click here to see Orchid Pharmed Patient Support Center contact details.

Adverse Reactions / Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to CinnoTec®: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

CinnoTec® may cause a serious viral infection of the brain that can lead to disability or death. Symptoms may start gradually and get worse quickly. Call your doctor right away if you have:

  • any change in your mental state;
  • decreased vision;
  • weakness on one side of your body;
  • problems with speech or walking.
  • fever, pain when swallowing, cold or flu symptoms;
  • severe stomach pain; or
  • severe feeling of warmth or tingling, or a burning sensation.

Common CinnoTec® side effects may include:

  • nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain; or
  • flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling).

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

Pregnancy and Lactation

It is not known whether CinnoTec® will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

It is not known whether dimethyl fumarate passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How Supplied / Storage and Handling

CinnoTec® is available as hard gelatin delayed-release capsules in two strengths containing either 120 mg or 240 mg of dimethyl fumarate.

Store at 15°C to 30°C (59 to 86°F). Protect the capsules from light. Store in original container. Once opened, discard bottles of CinnoTec® after 90 days.