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Orencia Stopped Working
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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The nurse is preparing to administer abatacept (orencia) to a patient with severe rheumatoid arthritis. What will this drug do?
A lot: Orencia (abatacept) is one of the newer biologics used to treat Rheumatoid arthritis. It affects the T cells a little lower in the inflammatory chain, so it does more than just affect tumor necrosis factor. Recent reports show that Orencia (abatacept) has induced remission in rheumatoid arthritis that is drug free for caring periods of time. It,s a good drug. ...Read more