Medication Information Leaflet
Baricitinib is used for the treatment of moderate to severe Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) when conventional disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (csDMARDs) are not effective.
It works to reduce inflammation, thereby reducing symptoms of joint pain and swelling, and improving quality of life. Baricitinib does not work immediately and it may take weeks to months before you notice any improvement in symptoms.
Baricitinib is also used for the treatment of severe eczema and other medical conditions.
Your doctor will prescribe a suitable dose for you.
You may take the medication with or without food. Swallow the tablet whole, do not crush or chew.
Do not stop taking your medication without checking with your healthcare professional.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.
Avoid crowded places and direct contact with any sick person
Do not consume raw or undercooked food
Inform your healthcare professional if:
You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients of this medication
You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding
The medication should be stopped for at least 1 month prior to conceiving.
If you are a woman of childbearing age, you should use effective birth control during treatment on Baricitinib and for at least one week (ideally 1 month) after the last dose.
Breastfeeding is not recommended while on this medication
You have a history of:
Kidney or liver or stomach conditions
Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C
You have infections or low blood counts.
You are planning to receive any vaccines and you must avoid any live vaccinations.
Common side effects of Baricitinib includes:
Nausea or vomiting
Take the medication with or after food if you experience nausea or vomiting
Signs of infection like fever, chills, severe sore throat
Urinary tract infections
Inform your doctor if any side effect persists, if you are unable to tolerate them or if the side effects become serious.
Baricitinib 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 Baricitinib as the medication may need to be stopped while you are having an infection.
You may need to have regular blood tests to monitor your blood counts and cholesterol levels when on Baricitinib.
The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:
Difficulty in breathing
Itchy skin rashes over your whole body
Other rare but serious effects that may occur include:
Signs of liver problems like dark or tea-coloured urine, yellowing of the eye whites or skin
Signs of stomach ulcer like black tarry stools, vomiting coffee ground material, severe stomach pain.
Signs of blood clots in the lung, heart or legs like shortness of breath, sudden onset of leg swelling or severe chest pain.
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should consult your healthcare professional immediately.
Avoid eating raw, undercooked or half-cooked food.
Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other medications as they may interact with Baricitinib. These include:
Traditional or herbal remedies
Pneumococcal, influenza (flu) and Hepatitis B vaccinations are safe and may be given if required. Avoid live vaccines such as MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), OPV (oral polio vaccine), yellow fever or BCG (tuberculosis). Discuss with your doctor before receiving any vaccines.
Store in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight. Keep this medication away from children.
Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing it into the rubbish chute or bin.
Please take note that the above is not a complete list of all possible side effects. If you have any concerns about your medication or if you have other side effects that you think are caused by this medication, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
If you take more than the recommended dose, please seek medical advice immediately. The information provided on this page does not replace information from your healthcare professional. Please consult your healthcare professional for more information.
This article is jointly developed by members of the National Medication Information workgroup. The workgroup consists of cluster partners (National Healthcare Group, National University Health System and SingHealth), community pharmacies (Guardian, Unity and Watsons) and Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore. The content does not reflect drug availability and supply information in pharmacies and healthcare institutions. You are advised to check with the respective institutions for such information.
Last updated on Oct 2022
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Wednesday, November 22, 2023
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