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What else should I know about alefacept?
Powder for Injection: 15 mg/Vial for intramuscular use.How should I keep alefacept stored?
Alefacept should be stored at room temperature, 15 C to 30 C (59 C to 86 F).
How to use
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Indications and Usage for Amevive
Amevive® is indicated for the treatment of adult patients with moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy.
What is alefacept (amevive)?
Alefacept is a protein that reduces specific actions of the immune system that are involved in causing psoriasis.
Alefacept is used to treat plaque psoriasis (raised, silvery flaking of the skin) in adults.
Alefacept may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What is the most important information i should know about alefacept (amevive)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to alefacept, or if you have HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).
Before using alefacept, tell your doctor if you have an active or chronic infection, liver disease, a history of cancer, or if you are receiving phototherapy or using drugs that weaken the immune system.
Do not receive a "live" vaccine while using alefacept. Live vaccines include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), oral polio, rotavirus, smallpox, typhoid, yellow fever, varicella (chickenpox), H1N1 influenza, and nasal flu vaccine.
Alefacept can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections. Your blood may need to be tested often. Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Tell your doctor at once if you develop signs of infection.
Using alefacept may increase your risk of developing certain types of cancer. Talk with your doctor about your specific risk.
Serious and sometimes fatal infections may occur during treatment with alefacept. Call your doctor right away if you have signs of infection such as: fever, chills, flu symptoms, mouth sores, swelling or warmth, skin redness or oozing, stabbing chest pain, feeling short of breath, or cough with yellow or green mucus.
How should I use Amevive?
Use Amevive exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Amevive is usually given once every week for 12 weeks. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.
Amevive is injected into a muscle. You may be shown how to use injections at home. Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles and syringes.
Amevive is a powder medicine that must be mixed with a liquid (diluent) before using it. If you are using the injections at home, be sure you understand how to properly mix and store the medicine.
Do not shake the mixed medicine or it may foam. Prepare your dose in a syringe only when you are ready to give yourself an injection. Do not use the medication if it has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your pharmacist for new medication.
After mixing Amevive with a diluent, store in the refrigerator and use it within 4 hours. Do not freeze.
Your care provider will show you the best places on your body to give your injection (shot). Give each shot at least 1 inch away from where the last shot was injected. Do not inject into the same place two times in a row. Do not inject Amevive into skin that is tender, bruised, red, or hard (including an active psoriasis lesion).
Use a disposable needle only once. Throw away used needles in a puncture-proof container (ask your pharmacist where you can get one and how to dispose of it). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.
Each single-use vial (bottle) of Amevive is for one use only. Throw away after one use, even if there is still some medicine left in it after injecting your dose.
Amevive can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections and help your blood to clot. This can make it easier for you to bleed from an injury or get sick from being around others who are ill. Serious and sometimes fatal infections may occur during treatment with Amevive. Your blood may need to be tested often. Visit your doctor regularly.
Store Amevive in its original container in the refrigerator. Do not freeze. Protect from light.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Call your doctor for instructions if you miss a dose of Amevive.