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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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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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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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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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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?

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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?

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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Am I dying?

Am I dying?

We all are: A 3-word question with no details... well, life is short on Earth, regardless of whether a person lives 3 days, 3000 days, or 30,000 days. It is not length of one's life that matters, but the quality of the life lived. The goal is not to live a long life, but to live a good life. Even if a person makes it all the way to age 82, that's only 30,000 days. ...Read more