Baricitinib Tablets (Olumiant) is a once-a-day oral therapy. This is used to treat adults with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It is for those who have had an inadequate response to one or more tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor therapies. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition in which the body attacks its own joints and internal organs. This drug helps to lessen the pain, tenderness and swelling in the joints.
How does Baricitinib Tablets (Olumiant) work?
Baricitinib Tablets (Olumiant) works by interfering with the inflammatory processes within the immune system. It is one of the causes that lead to symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. This is a long-term treatment. Most people who benefit from this treatment will notice an improvement within 4 weeks of starting taking it. But further improvements may be seen over the first six months of treatment.
Why use Baricitinib Tablets (Olumiant)?
Baricitinib Tablets (Olumiant) is a Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor. This is recommended in adults who can’t be treated with conventional disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) alone. Though this can be taken alone, this can also be used along with other medications. In 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this medication.
How to use Baricitinib Tablets (Olumiant)?
Baricitinib is taken as a 4mg tablet once a day. This may also be taken as a 2mg tablet in some circumstances. Take this medication by mouth with or without food. Use this regularly or as directed by your doctor. Contact your doctor right away if you take more than the prescribed dose. If you haven’t noticed any improvement in your symptoms after 6 months, discuss it with your doctor right away.
What are the side-effects of Baricitinib Tablets (Olumiant)?
- Sore throat
- Sweating, fever, chills
- Weight loss
- Difficulty breathing
- Fatigue or extreme tiredness
- Warm, red, or painful skin
- Frequent urination or burning during urination
- Muscle aches
Warnings and Precautions
- Inform your doctor if you have any allergies or current medications.
- Consult your doctor first if you are pregnant or breastfeeding women.
- This drug may worsen any current infections or can make you more likely to get infections. Avoid contact in people who have infections that may spread to others (measles, flu, chickenpox)
- Do not have vaccinations/immunizations without the consent of your doctor.
- Let your doctor know if you have ever had HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, or any condition that affects the immune system.
- Keep this far from the reach of children.