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What is fingolimod (Gilenya)?

Gilenya is a prescription medicine used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) in adults. Gilenya can decrease the number of MS flare-ups (relapses). Gilenya does not cure MS, but it can help slow down the physical problems that MS causes. It is not known if Gilenya is safe and effective in children under age 18.

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Fingolimod (Gilenya) is an oral disease-modifying drug for multiple sclerosis (MS). It works by making it harder for certain immune cells to enter and attack the central nervous system. Fingolimod is an option for people with relapsing-remitting MS that is not well controlled with first-line treatments, such as interferon beta, glatiramer, teriflunomide, or dimethyl fumarate. Fingolimod has a risk of serious side effects.

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