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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

Shingles is a painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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The nurse is preparing to administer abatacept (orencia) to a patient with severe rheumatoid arthritis. What will this drug do?

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

Infusion (Definition)

An infusion implies a substance administered via IV 2 a person, such as blood (transfusion), antibiotics and pain meds or other meds. Some can be ...Read more


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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more