Abatacept Drug Information
Available by prescription only, abatacept (Orencia®) is a medicine used to treat rheumatoid arthritis in people who have not adequately responded to other rheumatoid arthritis medications. The drug is given intravenously (through an IV). The first three doses are given every two weeks. After that, abatacept is given once every four weeks.
Although the drug is generally well tolerated, it is not suitable for everyone. Before using abatacept, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on your medical history and a list of your current medications. In particular, let your healthcare provider know if you have problems such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, an infection, a history of tuberculosis, or any allergies.
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