Call your health care professional now, and fill out the form—it only takes a few minutes
Now that you have tools to get started on GILENYA® (see the Start GILENYA section), you're ready to make an appointment with your neurologist or another health care professional and tell them you want to know more about GILENYA.
You'll want to bring the form, called the GILENYA Start Form, to get started, and have your health care professional fill it out:
- The top part is for you to complete (along with your signature and date)
- The rest is for your health care professional to fill out
With this form, you're one step closer to asking your health care professional if GILENYA is right for you. It only takes a few minutes and can help you have a great conversation with your health care professional.
Download and print the GILENYA Start Form.
Four steps to starting GILENYA
Starting GILENYA says something. It says you're taking a treatment that combines proven efficacy to cut multiple sclerosis (MS) relapses in half vs Avonex®, in a once-a-day* pill. Studies showed that GILENYA reduced the frequency of relapses by 52% in a 1-year study vs Avonex, and by 54% in a 2-year study vs placebo.
Ready to begin treatment? Follow these four steps to get started.
1. Understand your insurance coverage
Most eligible people paid a $0 prescription co-pay for GILENYA.† After your health care professional prescribes you GILENYA, the GILENYA Support Team will assess your benefits and give you a call to discuss your eligibility for the prescription co-pay and medical co-pay support programs.
Learn more about GILENYA costs
There are some tests you have to take before starting GILENYA to help your health care professional know if GILENYA is right for you. They will also help your health care professional monitor your treatment on GILENYA. They include:
- Blood test
- Electrocardiogram (ECG)
- Eye exam
When it comes to where you'll take these tests—and where you'll take your first dose of GILENYA—your health care professional has a few options. You can do it at:
- A doctor's office
- The GILENYA Assessment Network (GAN), which allows for you to take these tests with the exception of eye exam, and the first dose at one of our GILENYA@Medical Facility sites,‡ or in the comfort of your own home through GILENYA@Home.§
If your health care professional chooses one of the GAN options, your initial exams and/or your first-dose observation will be provided free of charge—even if you don't continue on GILENYA treatment.
And don't forget that the GILENYA Support Team can help coordinate these tests for you. If your health care professional chooses to perform these tests outside of the GAN, we may be able to help with our Medical Co-Pay Support Program.||
Tens of thousands of people have started GILENYA. Once you've decided to join them, your health care professional will choose where you will have your first dose. You can do it at:
- A doctor's office
- The GILENYA Assessment Network (GAN), which allows for you to take these tests and the first dose at one of our GILENYA@Medical Facility sites, or in the comfort of your own home through GILENYA@Home
Your blood test, ECG, and eye exam can be done at a medical facility or at home.¶
If your health care professional decides to start your treatment with GILENYA@Home, here's what you can expect on the actual day of your first dose:
- The @Home Medical Team will arrive and be with you for the entire observation. (Don't worry, you don't need to feed or entertain them)
- It helps to have a private area in your home, such as a kitchen or dining room table, for them to sit and set up their equipment
- Dress comfortably in loose clothing. We want you to be comfortable on your first day, and a loose-fitting shirt makes it easier to have an ECG
- During the observation period, you may work from home, cook, or do light household tasks as long as you stay inside your house
Note: The @Home Medical Team are fully licensed and accredited professionals with the Visiting Physicians Association (VPA).
Regardless of where you take your first dose, here's how it works. Your pulse and blood pressure will be monitored each hour for at least 6 hours. Your health care team keeps an eye on this because heart rates usually reach the lowest levels within this time. This decrease is expected and usually doesn't last a long time. In fact, for most people, heart rates begin to return to normal after 6 hours, and usually fully return to normal within 1 month.
If you have any serious side effects after your first dose of GILENYA, especially those that require treatment with other medicines, you will stay in a medical facility to be watched overnight. You will also be watched for any serious side effects for at least 6 hours after you take your second dose of GILENYA the next day. If you have certain types of heart problems, or if you are taking certain types of medicines that can affect your heart, you will be watched overnight after you take your first dose of GILENYA. Your slow heart rate will usually return to normal within 1 month after you start taking GILENYA. It's good to ask questions. It's the only way to weigh the pros and cons and to decide with your health care team if GILENYA is the right relapsing MS treatment for you.
Learn more about your options for starting GILENYA
4. Getting GILENYA to your door
After you've successfully completed your first day on GILENYA, you're ready to start taking GILENYA on your own. Just one pill, once a day,* taken with or without food.
In order to get GILENYA delivered to your doorstep, a specialty pharmacy will call you to request authorization to fill your prescription. So, be sure to connect with this pharmacy. If you haven't heard from the pharmacy by day 4, or if you are ever down to 3 or 4 capsules, please call your Patient Liaison at 1-800-GILENYA (1-800-445-3692) or contact your health care provider.
In the meantime, you will have a free 14-day supply of GILENYA provided to you during your first dose.
Remember, while you are waiting for your first GILENYA shipment, it is important that you take GILENYA as directed by your health care professional.
After these 4 steps, you'll be part of a growing group of people living with relapsing MS and taking GILENYA. Want to take it a step further? There are lots of ways to connect with the GILENYA community. Start by getting social: Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter