The dose of Xeljanz your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on the following factors:
- Your kidney and liver function
- How you respond to the medication
- Other medications you are taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Xeljanz Dosage for more information.)
Just like any medicine, Xeljanz can cause side effects. Although not everyone who takes this medication will have problems, most people will experience some type of side effect during treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider about ways to prevent or lessen reactions to this drug.
Common side effects of Xeljanz include but are not limited to:
(Click Xeljanz Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Xeljanz may react with a number of other medicines (see Xeljanz Drug Interactions).
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
- Liver disease, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or liver failure
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure, or if you are on dialysis
- An infection of any kind
- Ever had tuberculosis or hepatitis
- Low blood cell counts, including low platelets, white blood cells, or red blood cells (anemia)
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Xeljanz and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Xeljanz and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Xeljanz Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)