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Abatacept

The Name of the Generic: Abatacept

Name of Brands: Orencia

Dosage Format: Injectable solution

Drug Classification: Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drug (DMARD)

What is Abatacept?

Abatacept, often available under the brand or brand name Orencia, is a drug used to treat autoimmune diseases, including the autoimmune conditions of rheumatoid, juvenile idiopathic joint, and Psoriatic Arthritis. It's part of the drug category that treats disease (DMARDs) and functions by inhibiting the immune system to lessen inflammation and slow the condition's progression.

Warnings:

  • Abatacept can increase the risk of developing severe infections like fungal and tuberculosis. Before beginning treatment, be sure that there are no active illnesses.
  • People who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) could be at a higher risk for specific adverse respiratory reactions.
  • Watch closely for indications of infection both during and following the treatment.

Before You Start The Medication

Before you begin Abatacept, be sure to inform your healthcare doctor about any medical condition you suffer from, such as lung diseases, infections, or a previous history of drug allergies.

How to Take Abatacept?

  • Abatacept can be administered via an intravenous infusion or subcutaneous injection, dependent upon the Dosage prescribed by the doctor.
  • Intravenous injections are generally administered in hospitals; however, subcutaneous injections may also be injected at home following adequate training.

Specifics on Dosage:

The dose of Abatacept differs based on the disease being treated, the weight, and your response to the treatment. Your doctor will help you determine the proper Dosage for you.

What Happens If I Miss a Dose?

Abatacept is typically given by health professionals at scheduled appointment times. In the event of a missed dose, it can affect treatment efficacy. You must attend the scheduled appointments.

What Happens If I Overdose?

In case of an overdose, you should seek medical assistance immediately. In the event of an overdose, symptoms could be an increased chance of contracting an infection and any other adverse effects.

What Should be Avoided?

  • Avoid live vaccines when using Abatacept since it can inhibit the immune reaction to the vaccine.
  • Contact your doctor if you plan to have a baby or are breastfeeding. The risk of Abatacept in these circumstances must be assessed.

Side Effects of Abatacept

Mild effects: The most common moderate side effects could be:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Infections of the upper respiratory tract

Adverse effects: Serious adverse effects could be a result of:

  • An increased risk of contracting infections
  • Acute respiratory reaction (COPD patients)
  • Hypersensitivity reactions (rash, itching, or swelling)

Interaction with Other Drug

Inform your physician about any medicines you take, such as prescription or over-the-counter medications, as well as diet supplements. Abatacept can interact with certain medicines, and discussing possible interactions with your doctor is essential.

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