Also known as Xeljanz, tofacitinib works by decreasing the activity of immune cells that are overactive in your hair follicles. It is a pill that you will take by mouth. Take it as prescribed by your doctor.
Side effects of tofacitinib
Upper respiratory infections (colds)
Cold or flu-like symptoms
Rare side effects of tofacitinib
High cholesterol levels
Low blood counts
Reasons you should not take tofacitinib
Do not take this medicine if you are pregnant or breast- feeding. Tell your doctor if you have liver disease or a history of infections, such as tuberculosis or hepatitis B or C.
Vaccines and tofacitinib
Get a flu shot each year, unless you have been told not to by your doctor. Talk with your doctor before getting live vaccines.
Some live vaccines
Nasal flu mist
Blood work and tofacitinib
We will check blood work to look for changes in the levels of lipids (fats), electrolytes, liver markers, and blood counts. Do not eat for at least 8 hours before having your blood drawn.