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ORENCIA® (abatacept) Intravenous (IV) Infusion

If you and your rheumatologist decide that ORENCIA® (abatacept) IV infusion is right for you, here are a few things you can expect to happen:

Getting ready

The good news is that you shouldn't have to fast or avoid any particular foods before you start ORENCIA. As always, remember to follow up with your doctor for specific instructions.

Prescription

Your rheumatologist will prescribe your dose (how much ORENCIA you'll need) and tell you when to schedule your first appointment to receive ORENCIA treatment.

Dosing

ORENCIA is a 30-minute intravenous (IV) infusion given by a healthcare professional. You will receive your first dose of ORENCIA followed by a second dose around day 15 and a third dose around day 30. You will then continue therapy of one dose every 4 weeks thereafter. Please note that the actual day of dosing may vary based on patient scheduling determined by your doctor.

SELECTED IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
ORENCIA can cause serious side effects including:

 

ALLERGIC REACTIONS: Allergic reactions can happen to people who use ORENCIA. Call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical help right away if you have any symptoms of an allergic reaction, which may include hives; swollen face, eyelids, lips, or tongue; or trouble breathing.

Schedule

Keep track of your scheduled office visits and appointments. It is very important that you receive your ORENCIA treatment exactly as prescribed by your rheumatologist. If you miss an ORENCIA infusion appointment, contact your rheumatologist immediately to find out when you should get your next dose.

Staying in touch

Keep communicating with your rheumatologist and other healthcare professionals about how you are feeling both before and after your infusions of ORENCIA.

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At time of filming, this patient was taking ORENCIA® (abatacept) for IV infusion. With the availability of ORENCIA for self- injection, this patient may have chosen, together with her rheumatologist, to take this formulation.

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At time of filming, this patient was taking ORENCIA® (abatacept) for IV infusion. With the availability of ORENCIA for self- injection, this patient may have chosen, together with his rheumatologist, to take this formulation.

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At time of filming, this patient was taking ORENCIA® (abatacept) for IV infusion. With the availability of ORENCIA for self- injection, this patient may have chosen, together with his rheumatologist, to take this formulation.

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At time of filming, this patient was taking ORENCIA® (abatacept) for IV infusion. With the availability of ORENCIA for self- injection, this patient may have chosen, together with her rheumatologist, to take this formulation.