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Side effects and effectiveness of orencia (abatacept) mediCation?

Side effects and effectiveness of orencia (abatacept) mediCation?

Watch for infections: Orencia (abatacept) is approved to treat moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. Typically it is prescribed when disease modifying anti rheumatic drugs (DMARDS) are not effective. The most common DMARD is methotrexate. Orencia (abatacept) is usually prescribed in combination with methotrexate but sometimes is given alone. Orencia (abatacept) is quite effective for many but not all people. It's main side effect: infections. ...Read more

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When treating someone who has CHF with the drug orencia (abatacept) are any diuretics be given?

When treating someone who has CHF with the drug orencia (abatacept) are any diuretics be given?

Depends: Each patient is an individual...Care has to matched to each case. No generalizations are appropriate without knowing the case. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: orencia (abatacept)?

What is the definition or description of: orencia (abatacept)?

Orencia (abatacept): It is a immunomodulatory fusion protein designed to help RA patients who have failed anti-tnfa therapy. Abatacept prevents antigen-presenting cells (apcs) from delivering the co-stimulatory signal to t cells to fully activate them. ...Read more

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Boil on butt while on orencia (abatacept)?

Boil on butt while on orencia (abatacept)?

What is the question: What is your question? If you have an infection, hold the Orencia (abatacept) and contact your doctor. ...Read more

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Is orencia (abatacept) a type of chemotherapy?

Is orencia (abatacept) a type of chemotherapy?

No: Orencia, or abatacept, is a medication that blocks t cells, which are part of your immune system. Orencia is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and is given intravenously. It can depress your immune system, but it is not the same as chemotherapy. I would call it an immunomodulatory drug. ...Read more

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Gave myself 1st orencia (abatacept) shot yesterday & woke up this morning with terrible diarrhea, that doesn't seem to want to stop, should I be concerned?

Gave myself 1st orencia (abatacept) shot yesterday & woke up this morning with terrible diarrhea, that doesn't seem to want to stop, should I be concerned?

It may be due to ore: It may be related to the injection of orencia
you can take immodium ad or call your doctor and get a prescription for Lomotil (diphenoxylat and atropine) and drink plenty of clear liquids to prevent dehydration. ...Read more

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I am going to start orencia (abatacept) infusion for ra, does it make you feel ill?

I am going to start orencia (abatacept) infusion for ra, does it make you feel ill?

Usually not: Unless you have an allergic reaction to the medication (orencia, abatacept), there usually is not an immediate effect to make you feel ill. ...Read more

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I want to have fluer de lys adbominoplasty to remove excess skin. I receive orencia (abatacept) and mtx, what about stopping for awhile before surgery.?

I want to have fluer de lys adbominoplasty to remove excess skin. I receive orencia (abatacept) and mtx, what about stopping for awhile before surgery.?

For sure: Any immune modulating medications may interfere with wound healing and increase risk of infections. Moreover, a fleur de lis abdominoplasty is a significant procedure and a very careful and accurate preparation is mandatory to limit postoperative complications. Discuss all meds with your surgeons. ...Read more

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What is the difference between orencia (abatacept) and remicade for rheumatoid arthritis?

What is the difference between orencia (abatacept) and remicade for rheumatoid arthritis?

Best person to ans--: Wer this for you, would be your PCP or the Rheumatologist. Check with them. ...Read more

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I am on orencia, (abatacept) 20mg methotrexate, 75mg fentanyl patch, 200mg celebrex, 250mg tramadol, 75 lyrica my pain is still severe? Where can I go from here?

I am on orencia, (abatacept) 20mg methotrexate, 75mg fentanyl patch, 200mg celebrex, 250mg tramadol, 75 lyrica my pain is still severe? Where can I go from here?

Sympathetic Blockade: Some continuous neuropathic pains are also maintained by the sympathetic nervous system and are designated as sympathetically maintained pain (smp). Sympathetic blockade can be accomplished using either regional anesthesia (e.g. Stellate ganglion block) or systemic intravenous infusion with phentolamine.
Rec.: see an interventional pain management specialist. ...Read more

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Penny has RA and is on Orencia (abatacept) and methotrexate. Recent increase in joint pain along with low energy. Blood work says high WBC and high SED rate of 50?

Penny has RA and is on Orencia (abatacept) and methotrexate. Recent increase in joint pain along with low energy. Blood work says high WBC and high SED rate of 50?

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Can sometimes be a tough condition to treat. Methotrexate is an excellent medication for RA but sometimes may need dose adjustments or adjunct treatment. Increasing joint pain and low energy are possible signs that the rheumatoid is not under control. A visit to the rheumatologist or treating physician is needed. ...Read more

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I had a cancer test 6 months ago out of curiosity (i was 2wk pregnant)ca72-4 came up 8.2, I had it retested and now 13.4. I read it is oncofetal? Help!

I had a cancer test 6 months ago out of curiosity (i was 2wk pregnant)ca72-4 came up 8.2, I had it retested and now 13.4. I read it is oncofetal? Help!

See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, there is no definitive cancer test and any of the test touted as cancer tests have too many false positives. I would recommend seeing your doctor and following her/his advice. It is not a do it yourself issue. ...Read more

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What is a "medication HA"?

What is a "medication HA"?

I think: Medication headache....a type of frequent or daily headache. I'm not positive though. Need to see what the context the phrase was used. ...Read more

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What is best pain medication?

What is best pain medication?

There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more

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I need refills on my medications?

Not here: For that you will likely need the prime service of healthtap. Easier to call your pop imo ...Read more

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Are expired medications effective?

Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more

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Which pain medication works better?

No answer: The best drug is the one that works with the lowest side effect incidence. That will change between patients. ...Read more

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Safest medication to take for pain?

ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isn't good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more

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How can I dispose unused medications?

How can I dispose unused medications?

Several options: You can take them to your local pharmacy for proper disposal. Some medically oriented charities will also take medication for distribution to the disadvantaged. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: topical?

Please describe the medication: topical?

Applies to skin: Topical just refers to how a medication is applied. In this case to the skin and is meant to treat local skin problems. Some meds are applied to the skin but are meant to be absorbed into the body in which case we use the term "transdermal" since it is meant to pass through the skin to affect the whole body. ...Read more

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What medications are given fordepression?

What medications are given fordepression?

Why R you depressed?: If your depression is affecting your life and/or those around you and you have trouble dealing with it or not knowing how to etc. It is very reasonable to seek help, either from a therapist, your physician/nurse, or both. Psychotherapy may be adequate for some, others may need both meds (many choices, depending on your symptoms/needs) and therapy. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What medication is equivalent to covance d?

What medication is equivalent to covance d?

Yes: Covance d is a combination of losartan and hydrochlorthiazide- a diuretic). There are a number of such combinations for the treatment of hypertension. If this is a question of your co-pay, ask your physician about generic alternatives. ...Read more

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