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FDA Issues Multiple Sclerosis Drug Alert
Date:5/14/2012

QT interval prolongation prior to starting Gilenya or at any time during the cardiovascular monitoring period after they take the first dose.
  • Who are taking other drugs that prolong the QT interval and that can cause a serious and life-threatening abnormal heart rhythm called Torsades de pointes.
  • Patients taking Gilenya should seek immediate medical care if they develop dizziness, tiredness, irregular heartbeat or palpitations -- signs of a slowing heart rate, the FDA said. Patients should not stop taking Gilenya without talking to their doctor.

    Gilenya is prescribed to prevent MS flare-ups and slow progression of the nervous system disorder.

    More information

    The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has more about MS treatments.

    -- Robert Preidt

    SOURCE: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, news release, May 14, 2012


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