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Cyclophosphamide

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(Abatacept)

Coming soon.Orencia (Abatacept) decreases inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis. Orencia (Abatacept) slows the progress of rheumatoid arthritis, but can also have serious side effects.
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Side effects
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How it works
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Coming soon.Orencia (Abatacept) is called a DMARD, a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug. It prevents your body from activating cells that cause inflammation.
Type of medication
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Immunosuppressant
Immunomodulator
Antirheumatic
Biological response modifier
Prescription only
Available as
CyclophosphamideOrencia
  • Pill
  • Injection
  • Injection
Used for (click to learn more)
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  • Acute lymphoid leukemia Acute myeloid leukemia Breast cancer Burkitt's lymphoma Chronic lymphoid leukemia Chronic myeloid leukemia Hodgkin's disease
Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Taking immunosuppressive medications
  • History of repeat infections
  • Adults with rheumatoid arthritis taking TNF inhibitors
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Pregnancy

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Upsides and benefits
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  • Helps minimize joint damage, lowers symptoms, and prevents future problems.
  • In a 2-year study that used IV Orencia (Abatacept) with methotrexate, more than half of the people had remission and the majority felt significantly better.
  • People taking [name-common] had no new joint damage after two years.
  • Taking Orencia (Abatacept) allows RA patients to use less prednisone, a steroid that has many side effects.
  • Orencia (Abatacept) can be used without other medications for RA.
Downsides and risks
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  • You'll have to get your blood tested regularly while taking Orencia (Abatacept).
  • You'll probably have to take other medications to help treat your RA symptoms.
  • Orencia (Abatacept) is pretty expensive.
  • The IV infusion form of Orencia (Abatacept) can cause a reaction, which ranges from a slight itching or warm feeling to more serious complications like low blood pressure and chest pain.
  • Because RA is chronic disease, you'll likely take Orencia (Abatacept) for many years.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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  • Keep the Orencia (Abatacept) self-injection refrigerated, but let it rest at room temperature for 30 to 60 minutes before using it.
  • Each time you use Orencia (Abatacept), be sure to rotate the sites you chose to inject it in. Don't inject it where your skin is tender, bruised, red, or scaly.
  • If you decide to go with the IV version of Orencia (Abatacept), you will only need to get infusions once a month. The self-injections however need to be taken once a week.
  • If you get the IV infusion, stay hydrated, try to relax, and ask your nurse to apply dry heat (instant warm packs) to your arm to help find your good veins.
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