When you're ready to talk to your doctor about your treatment, it's important to be prepared. Remember that your appointment is about you, so don't be shy about sharing your thoughts with your doctor to help make sure that your treatment plan is appropriate for you.
Here are some helpful hints:
- Make a list of the everyday things that you are still struggling with.
- Bring your notes about ORENCIA® (abatacept) and any other treatment options to discuss with your doctor. This includes what's different about each treatment, how they are administered, and which ones may help when others haven't helped enough.
- Tell your doctor if you're willing to consider a different treatment option if it's appropriate for you.
- At the end of your appointment, make sure you understand what will happen next (e.g., whether you need additional testing, if you will be changing your treatment, and when you should schedule a follow-up appointment).
Asking about ORENCIA is easy—just ask your doctor, if appropriate, "Why don't we consider ORENCIA for me?"
Important Safety Information: Hepatitis B Infection
If you are a carrier of the hepatitis B virus (a virus that affects the liver), the virus can become active while you use ORENCIA. Your healthcare provider may do a blood test before you start or while using ORENCIA.
- Download a Guide to Talking to Your Doctor
This tool can help you prepare for your next appointment, and guide your conversation with your doctor.
- RA Symptom Tracker
This tool helps your doctor understand how symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are affecting you over time. Fill it out over the next few weeks and bring it with you to your next doctor's appointment.
- Quick RA Checklist
This tool gives your doctor a quick snapshot of your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Complete it right before your next appointment, and bring it with you for discussion.
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