Abatacept Prefilled Syringes

Name: Abatacept Prefilled Syringes

Uses of Abatacept Prefilled Syringes

  • It is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
  • It is used to treat juvenile arthritis.
  • It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Abatacept Prefilled Syringes?

All products:

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • This medicine may be used with other drugs to treat your health condition. If you are also taking other drugs, talk with your doctor about the risks and side effects that may happen.
  • Very bad and sometimes deadly allergic side effects have rarely happened. Talk with your doctor.
  • Very bad infections have been reported with use of this medicine (abatacept prefilled syringes). If you have any infection, are taking antibiotics now or in the recent past, or have many infections, talk with your doctor.
  • You may have more of a chance of getting an infection. Wash hands often. Stay away from people with infections, colds, or flu. Some infections have been very bad and even deadly.
  • You will need a TB (tuberculosis) test before starting this medicine.
  • Hepatitis B testing may be done. A hepatitis B infection may get worse during care.
  • Make sure you are up to date with all your vaccines before treatment with this medicine (abatacept prefilled syringes).
  • Talk with your doctor before getting any vaccines while you take this medicine and after you stop taking it. Vaccine use with this medicine (abatacept prefilled syringes) may either raise the chance of an infection or make the vaccine not work as well. Talk with your doctor.
  • Breathing problems have happened more often in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) when taking this medicine. This includes COPD that gets worse, cough, and trouble breathing. Talk with the doctor.
  • This medicine may add to the chance of getting some types of cancer. Talk with the doctor.
  • If you are 65 or older, use this medicine (abatacept prefilled syringes) with care. You could have more side effects.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant.
  • If you used this medicine (abatacept prefilled syringes) during pregnancy, tell your baby's doctor. You will need to discuss the safety and timing of certain vaccines with the doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

Auto-injector shot:

  • This medicine is not approved for use in children younger than 18 years of age. Talk with the doctor.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of infection like fever, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, or wound that will not heal.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Flu-like signs.
  • Swelling, warmth, or redness of the skin.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • Very bad headache.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • A skin lump or growth.
  • Weight loss.
  • Night sweats.
  • Very bad irritation where this medicine is used.

How do I store and/or throw out Abatacept Prefilled Syringes?

  • Store in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.
  • Store in original container.
  • Protect from light.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
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