Terimide (teriflunomide) Drug / Medicine Information

Tom Smith

teriflunomide Consumer Medicine Information What is in this leaflet This leaflet answers some common questions about TERIMIDE. It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist. All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks […]


Consumer Medicine Information

What is in this leaflet

This leaflet answers some common questions about TERIMIDE. It does not contain all
the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or

All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking
TERIMIDE against the benefits they expect it will have for you.

If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep this leaflet with the medicine.

You may need to read it again.

What TERIMIDE is used for

This medicine is used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS).

This medicine belongs to a group of medicines called immunomodulating drugs

The cause of MS is not yet known. MS affects the central nervous system (CNS) – the
brain and spinal cord. In MS, the body’s immune system reacts against its own myelin
(the ‘insulation’ or the protective sheath surrounding nerve fibres).

With relapsing forms of MS, people can have repeated attacks or relapses of inflammation
of the CNS from time to time. Symptoms vary from patient to patient and may include
blurred vision, weakness in the legs or arms, or loss of control of bowel or bladder
function. These are followed by periods of recovery.

This medicine works by selectively interfering with the ability of white blood cells
(lymphocytes) to produce the disease response and nerve damage that ultimately leads
to relapses.

TERIMIDE has been shown to reduce or decrease the number of relapses and slow down
the progression of physical disability in patients with relapsing forms of MS. Although
it is not a cure, patients treated with TERIMIDE generally find they will have fewer

Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed
for you.

Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.

This medicine is available only with a doctor’s prescription.

Before you take TERIMIDE

When you must not take it

Do not take TERIMIDE if you have an allergy to:

any medicine containing teriflunomide

any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet

any other similar medicines

Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:

shortness of breath

wheezing or difficulty breathing

swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body

rash, itching or hives on the skin

Do not take this medicine if you have:

any diseases which reduce your body’s natural defences

any diseases of the blood

any serious skin disorders such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome

severe liver disease

a condition called hypoproteinaemia (when you do not have enough protein in your blood)

Do not take this medicine if you are not using reliable birth control.

Do not take this medicine if you are pregnant.

It may affect your developing baby if you take it during pregnancy.

Do not breast-feed if you are taking this medicine.

The active ingredient in TERIMIDE passes into breast milk and there is a possibility
that your baby may be affected.

You must not become pregnant while taking TERIMIDE and for a certain period of time
after stopping TERIMIDE.

TERIMIDE may increase the risk of birth defects.

Do not give this medicine to a child under the age of 18 years.

Safety and effectiveness in children younger than 18 years have not been established.

Do not take this medicine after the expiry date printed on the pack or if the packaging
is torn or shows signs of tampering.

If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.

If you are not sure whether you should start taking this medicine, talk to your doctor.

Before you start to take it

Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives
or dyes.

Tell your doctor if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:

liver problems

high blood pressure

chronic or serious infection

a decrease in the number of white blood cells or an illness which lowered your body’s
resistance to disease


lung problems, such as interstitial lung disease (an inflammation of lung tissue)
which is a serious and potentially fatal disease

kidney disease

Before you start TERIMIDE, your doctor will need to take blood samples to check the
health of your liver and blood cells. This must be done in the last 6 months before
starting this medicine.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or are breast-feeding,
or if you intend to father a child.

TERIMIDE may increase the risk of birth defects. To reduce any risk to the developing
baby, you will need to stop taking TERIMIDE and may need to undergo a wash-out procedure.
Your doctor will discuss the wash-out procedure with you.

Tell your doctor if you plan to have surgery.

If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start
taking TERIMIDE.

Taking other medicines

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any
that you get without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food

Some medicines and TERIMIDE may interfere with each other. These include:

antibiotics such as rifampicin, cefaclor, penicillin G and ciprofloxacin

medicines used to treat epilepsy such as carbamazepine and phenytoin

some medicines used for diabetes such as repaglinide or pioglitazone

some medicines used to treat cancer such as paclitaxel, doxorubicin, methotrexate

some medicines used to treat depression such as duloxetine

ondansetron, a medicine used to prevent and treat nausea

theophylline, a medicine used to treat asthma

warfarin, a medicine used to prevent blood clots

some medicines used to lower cholesterol such as statins, rosuvastatin

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

These medicines may be affected by TERIMIDE or may affect how well it works. You may
need different amounts of your medicines, or you may need to take different medicines.

In certain situations, for example, if you experience a serious side effect, you change
your medication or you want to fall pregnant, your doctor will ask you to take medication
that will help your body get rid of TERIMIDE faster.

Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or
avoid while taking this medicine.

How to take TERIMIDE

Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully.

They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.

If you do not understand the instructions on the box, ask your doctor or pharmacist
for help.

How much to take

The usual dose for this medicine is one 14 mg tablet per day.

Your doctor may have prescribed a different dose.

How to take it

Swallow the tablets whole with a full glass of water.

When to take it

Take your medicine at about the same time each day.

Taking it at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you
remember when to take it.

It does not matter if you take this medicine before or after food.

How long to take it

Continue taking your medicine for as long as your doctor tells you.

This medicine helps to control your condition, but does not cure it. It is important
to keep taking your medicine even if you feel well.

If you forget to take it

Skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to.

Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your medicine
as you would normally.

Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.

This may increase the chance of you getting an unwanted side effect.

If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some

If you take too much (overdose)

Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13
11 26) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you
think that you or anyone else may have taken too much TERIMIDE. Do this even if there
are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.

You may need urgent medical attention.

While you are using TERIMIDE

Things you must do

If you are about to be started on any new medicine, remind your doctor and pharmacist
that you are taking TERIMIDE.

Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who treat you that you are taking
this medicine.

If you are going to have surgery, tell the surgeon or anaesthetist that you are taking
this medicine.

It may affect other medicines used during surgery.

If you become pregnant while taking this medicine, stop taking it and tell your doctor

If you need to stop treatment, the levels of TERIMIDE in your blood can be lowered
rapidly using a special wash-out procedure.

If you are female talk to your doctor about birth control that you must use during
treatment. You must use reliable methods of birth control while taking TERIMIDE.

Talk to your doctor if you plan to become pregnant or before you stop taking this

Tell your doctor immediately if you:

have an infection or notice chills or a fever or signs of an infection while taking
this medicine

skin becomes itchy or yellow, the whites of your eyes become yellow, you start to
bleed or bruise easily, or your urine becomes very dark or you have stomach pain,
nausea or vomiting, stop taking it immediately – you may be developing a liver problem

experience numbness or tingling in the hands or feet or numbness or weakness of the
arms and legs

Tell your doctor if you need to have a vaccination during treatment with this medicine
or for 6 months after stopping treatment.

Keep all of your doctor’s appointments so that your progress can be checked.

Your doctor may do some tests from time to time to make sure the medicine is working
and to prevent unwanted side effects.

Things you must not do

Do not take TERIMIDE to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.

Do not give your medicine to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as

Do not stop taking your medicine or lower the dosage without checking with your doctor.

Things to be careful of

Be careful when drinking alcohol while you are taking this medicine.

The effects of alcohol could be made worse while taking TERIMIDE. It is recommended
you minimise your alcohol intake while taking this medicine.

Side effects

Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you
are taking TERIMIDE.

This medicine helps most people with MS, but it may have unwanted side effects in
a few people. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most
of the time they are not. You may need medical attention if you get some of the side

If you are over 65 years of age you may have an increased chance of getting side effects.

Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects. You may not experience any
of them.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you:


rashes, itchy skin

hair loss

weight loss

unusual tiredness or weakness

numbness or tingling of hands or feet

The above list includes the more common side effects of your medicine.

Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:

signs and symptoms of severe infection, such as fever

severe upper stomach pain, often with nausea and vomiting

severe skin rash or sores in your mouth

pale skin, fatigue, or proneness to bruising

if you develop new or worsening symptoms such as cough or trouble breathing, with
or without a fever

The above list includes serious side effects that may require medical attention.

If any of the following happen, tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and
Emergency at your nearest hospital:

swelling of the face, lips, mouth or throat, which may cause difficulty in swallowing
or breathing



yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)

thickened patches of red skin

The above list includes very serious side effects. You may have had a serious allergic
reaction to TERIMIDE. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell.

Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some people.

After using TERIMIDE


Keep your tablets in the pack until it is time to take them.

If you take the tablets out of the pack they may not keep well.

Keep your tablets in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.

Do not store TERIMIDE or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not
leave it on a window sill or in the car.

Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.

Keep it where children cannot reach it.

A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place
to store medicines.


If your doctor tells you to stop taking this medicine or the expiry date has passed,
ask your pharmacist what to do with any medicine that is left over.

Product description

What it looks like

TERIMIDE tablets are pale blue to pastel blue, pentagonal film-coated tablets debossed
with “L” on one side and “598” on the other side.

TERIMIDE tablets are available in blister packs of 28 tablets.


TERIMIDE contains 14 mg of teriflunomide as the active ingredient.

The tablets also contain the following inactive ingredients:

colloidal anhydrous silica


lactose monohydrate

magnesium stearate

maize starch

microcrystalline cellulose

OPADRY complete film coating system 03F505071 BLUE

purified water

sodium starch glycollate type A

TERIMIDE contains lactose.


TERIMIDE is distributed in Australia by:

Alphapharm Pty Ltd

Level 1, 30 The Bond

30-34 Hickson Road

Millers Point NSW 2000


This leaflet was prepared in September 2020.

AUST R 299149


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