Tofacitinib is used for the treatment of some types of arthritis and inflammation of the large intestine. Tofacitinib works by suppressing the immune system to help reduce inflammation and improve the symptoms of joint pain and swelling. Tofacitinib does not work immediately and may take weeks to months before you notice any improvement in symptoms.
Common side effects of Tofacitinib include:
Inform your doctor if any side effect persists, if you are unable to tolerate them or the side effects become serious.
Tofacitinib may reduce your body’s ability to fight against infection. You should consult a doctor immediately if you develop a fever or feel unwell. Inform the doctor whom you consult that you are taking Tofacitinib as the medication may need to be stopped while you are having an infection.
You may need to have regular blood test to monitor your blood count and cholesterol levels when on Tofacitinib.
Rare but serious side effects include:
The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should consult your healthcare professional immediately.
Inform your healthcare professional if:
Immunisation status should be current before starting on Tofacitinib. Do not receive any live vaccine while you are on Tofacitinib.
Avoid taking grapefruit or grapefruit juice when you are taking this medication as grapefruit may interact with your medication and increase the risk of side effects.
Please inform your doctor if you are taking any of the following medications, before you start taking Tofacitinib:
Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.