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Abatacept is a medicine that is prescribed for treating rheumatoid arthritis after other medications have failed. It can help reduce tender or swollen joints, slow structural damage to the joints, and improve physical activity in people with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. The medication is administered through an IV at a healthcare provider's office or an infusion center. Potential side effects include headache, cough, and dizziness.

What Is Abatacept?

Abatacept (Orencia®) is a prescription medication used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. In particular, it is approved to treat moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis in people who have not adequately responded to other rheumatoid arthritis medications.
 
(Click What Is Abatacept Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with abatacept. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
 
Common side effects of abatacept include but are not limited to:
 
(Click Abatacept Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
 
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