› 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
› Not first-choice treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.
› Humira (adalimumab) is an injection and not an oral medication.
› Humira (adalimumab) is expensive because there's no generic available yet.
› Humira (adalimumab) lowers your ability to fight infection and in some cases can cause serious life-threatening illness. The risk is greater if you take other drugs that lower your immune system, have an active infection, diabetes, or had tuberculosis (TB) in the past.
› You'll need to properly dispose of the needle, syringes, or Pen in a sharps container.
› Humira (adalimumab) needs to be refrigerated until you use it, so if you're traveling, you'll need to carry it in a cooler with an ice pack.
› 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
› Humira (adalimumab) is a medication that's injected under the skin. Your doctor can give you your first dose, then you can inject yourself at home once you feel comfortable doing so on your own.
› Humira (adalimumab) lowers your ability to fight infections, so it's important to let your doctor know if you have a fever, cough, or flu-like symptoms.
› Tell your doctor if you have an allergy to latex since the syringe needle cover has latex in it.
› Each time you use Humira (adalimumab), it's important to rotate the sites you chose to inject it in. Don't inject Humira (adalimumab) into skin that's red, bruised, or irritated.
› As with all injection medicines, store securely away from children and throw away used syringes in an FDA-approved sharps disposal container, and not in the trash.
› 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.