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Side effects and effectiveness of orencia (abatacept) mediCation?

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Dr. EVAN Leibowitz
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. EVAN Leibowitz
Dr. EVAN Leibowitz
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Dr. Howard Feinberg
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Good medication

Orencia (abatacept) is an effective treatment for Rheumatoid arthritis.
It's major side effect is the risk of infection ( especially TB and fungal). It can also worsen COPD, cause anemia, cause injection site or infusion reactions. It should not be used if you have an infection or had cancer in the past 5 years. In skilled hands it can be a very good choice. You should discuss your concerns with a Rheum.

In brief: Good medication

Orencia (abatacept) is an effective treatment for Rheumatoid arthritis.
It's major side effect is the risk of infection ( especially TB and fungal). It can also worsen COPD, cause anemia, cause injection site or infusion reactions. It should not be used if you have an infection or had cancer in the past 5 years. In skilled hands it can be a very good choice. You should discuss your concerns with a Rheum.
Dr. Howard Feinberg
Dr. Howard Feinberg
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