Generic Name: hyaluronate sodium (HYE-a-loo-RON-ate SOE-dee-um)
Brand Name: Euflexxa
Euflexxa is used for:
Treating knee pain in patients with osteoarthritis who have not received relief from other treatments.
Euflexxa is a hyaluronic acid derivative. It works by increasing the effectiveness of the fluid within the knee joint to act as a lubricant and shock absorber.
Do NOT use Euflexxa if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Euflexxa or to similar medicines
- you have a knee joint infection, or an infection or skin disease around the injection site
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Euflexxa:
Some medical conditions may interact with Euflexxa. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have received another injectable medicine in the same joint into which Euflexxa will be injected
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Euflexxa. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Quaternary ammonium salts (eg, benzalkonium chloride) because side effects may occur
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Euflexxa may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Euflexxa:
Use Euflexxa as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with Euflexxa. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- Euflexxa is given as an injection into the knee joint at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic.
- Euflexxa is usually given as a series of injections 1 week apart for a total of 3 injections. You may not experience relief until you have received several injections.
- Do not use Euflexxa if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the syringe is cracked or damaged.
- Do not use disinfectants containing ammonium salts to prepare the skin for injection because side effects may occur.
- Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
- If you miss a dose of Euflexxa, contact your doctor to establish a new dosing schedule.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Euflexxa.
Important safety information:
- Someone may need to drive you home from the doctor's office, hospital, or clinic after you receive Euflexxa. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
- You may experience a temporary inflammation in your knee after using Euflexxa. If the inflammation is severe or continues, contact your doctor.
- Avoid strenuous activity or prolonged (more than 1 hour) weight-bearing activity (eg, running, tennis, heavy lifting, standing on your feet) for at least 48 hours after you are injected with Euflexxa. Ask your doctor when you should begin physical activities again.
- Euflexxa should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking Euflexxa, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Euflexxa while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Euflexxa, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Euflexxa:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Back pain; mild bruising, redness, or pain at the injection site; mild stiffness, swelling, warmth, or pain in or around the injected knee; muscle or joint pain; temporary achy feeling.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); severe or persistent headache or dizziness; severe, persistent, or painful swelling of the injected joint.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of Euflexxa:
Euflexxa is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Euflexxa at home, store Euflexxa as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep Euflexxa out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Euflexxa, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Euflexxa is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Euflexxa or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Euflexxa. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Euflexxa. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Euflexxa.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.