Baricitinib (By mouth)
Treats rheumatoid arthritis.
OlumiantThere may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to baricitinib.
How to Use This Medicine:
- Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed.
- This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.
- Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
- Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid:
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Some medicines can affect how baricitinib works. Tell your doctor if you are using any of the following:
- Diclofenac, ibuprofen, probenecid
- Medicines that weaken your immune system (including azathioprine, cyclosporine, methotrexate)
- Steroid medicine
- This medicine may interfere with vaccines. Ask your doctor before you get a flu shot or any other vaccines.
Warnings While Using This Medicine:
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease (including hepatitis B or C), blood problems, cancer or a history of cancer, diabetes, lung disease, HIV, stomach or bowel problem (including blockage, diverticulitis, ulcers), or a history of tuberculosis. Also tell your doctor if you have a current infection or an infection that keeps coming back.
- Do not breastfeed during treatment with this medicine.
- This medicine may cause the following problems:
- Increased risk for serious infections (bacterial, fungal, viral), including herpes infection or shingles
- Increased risk for cancer, including lymphoma, non-melanoma skin cancer
- Increased risk for blood clots, including arterial thrombosis, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism
- Stomach or bowel perforation (tear or hole)
- High cholesterol in the blood
- You will need to have a skin test for tuberculosis (TB) before you start this medicine. Tell your doctor if you or anyone in your home has ever had a positive TB skin test or been exposed to TB.
- This medicine may make you bleed, bruise, or get infections more easily. Take precautions to prevent illness and injury. Wash your hands often.
- Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Change in how much or how often you urinate, difficult or painful urination
- Chest pain, trouble breathing
- Fever, chills, cough, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, night sweats, body aches
- Pain, redness, swelling, or tenderness in the arms or legs
- Skin or mole changes, sores that do not heal
- Stomach pain, cramping, bloody stools
- Swollen glands in your neck, armpits, or groin
- Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
Last Updated: 6/10/2021