It’s a good idea to learn as much as you can about any treatment or medication your doctor prescribes. The questions and answers below are designed to help you better understand what to expect from treatment with Euflexxa.
Euflexxa is a highly purified hyaluronan, also called hyaluronic acid (HA) or sodium hyaluronate. HA is a natural substance found in the synovial fluid that surrounds a healthy knee. In people with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, the synovial fluid becomes thinner and less able to do its job.
Euflexxa is similar to the HA found in healthy knees. When Euflexxa is injected into the knee, it helps replenish the HA in the knee and helps restore the ability of the synovial fluid to cushion, lubricate, and protect the knee. Euflexxa is different from pills because it works right at the source of pain and is not distributed throughout your body. To read the stories of patients who have been able to experience greater movement after receiving Euflexxa therapy, visit our Patient Testimonials section.
Euflexxa is injected into the space in your knee joint. Treatment consists of 3 injections–1 injection per week for 3 weeks.
Some people experience moderate pain relief after the first or second injection of Euflexxa, but most people experience significant relief after the third (last) injection.
Every person is different. The duration of pain relief with Euflexxa varies from one person to the next, but in general you can expect to have several months of pain relief.
Most insurance companies reimburse for repeat injections of Euflexxa once every 6 months. The safety and effectiveness of repeated treatment cycles of Euflexxa have not been established.
You should not take Euflexxa if you have had any previous allergic reaction to Euflexxa or hyaluronan products. You should not have an injection into the knee if you have a knee joint infection or skin diseases or infections around the injection site.
Euflexxa is only for injection into the knee, performed by a qualified doctor. After you receive this injection you may need to avoid activities such as jogging, tennis, heavy lifting or standing on your feet for a long time (more than one hour). The safety and effectiveness of Euflexxa have not been shown in children under 18 years of age.
In clinical trials, few side effects were reported, and those that did occur tended to be mild and transient (ie, they did not last long). The only side effect reported by more than 5% of the people who received Euflexxa was arthralgia (joint pain)—in 8.75% of people.
Euflexxa is covered by most insurance providers. The process of obtaining reimbursement varies from plan to plan. Talk with your doctor's office and your insurance provider before you begin treatment to find out if Euflexxa is covered and to learn how to get reimbursed.
EUFLEXXA (1% sodium hyaluronate) is used to relieve knee pain due to osteoarthritis. It is used in people who do not get enough relief from simple pain medications such as acetaminophen or from exercise and physical therapy.
Important Safety Information
You should not receive this product if you have had any previous allergic reaction to EUFLEXXA or hyaluronan products. You should not have an injection into the knee if you have a knee joint infection or if you have skin disease or infection around the injection site.
EUFLEXXA is only for injection into the knee performed by a qualified doctor. After you receive this injection you may need to avoid activities such as jogging, tennis, heavy lifting, or standing on your feet for a long time (more than one hour). The safety and effectiveness of repeat treatment cycles of EUFLEXXA have not been established. The safety and effectiveness of EUFLEXXA have not been shown in people under 18 years of age.
Side effects sometimes seen when EUFLEXXA is injected into the knee joint were pain, swelling, skin irritation, and tenderness and these were generally mild and did not last long.
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