Gilenya is a medication used to treat relapsing multiple sclerosis. Gilenya is a once-a-day capsule that has shown to slowed disability progression, cut relapses, and reduce lesions. Gilenya works by reducing the number of white blood cells in your body, thus preventing them from attacking your central nervous system.  

Who should not take Gilenya? 

Do not take Gilenya if you are allergic to any components in Gilenya. Do not take Gilenya if you had a stroke, heart attack or unstable angina within the last 6 months. Do not take Gilenya if you have an arrhythmia or any medications that changes you heart rate.  

What are the most common side effects? 

The most common side effects are increased blood pressure, flu-like symptoms, abdominal pain, and abnormal liver tests.  

How much would this medication cost? 

Gilenya offers a savings card that help you pay as little as $0 per prescription. You can find the savings card here: 

Is Gilenya right for me? 

Talk you your doctor to find out if Gilenya is the right option to treat your multiple sclerosis. 

Written by: Jonathan Pham
Temple University College of Pharmacy
PharmD Class of 2021