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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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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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