Directory of Drugs: Abatacept (marketed as Orencia)


Patient Information Sheet

What Is Orencia?

Orencia is a medicine that is used to treat adults with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who have not been helped by other medicines for RA. RA is a disease that causes pain and joint inflammation (tenderness and swelling). RA can also cause joint damage. Your healthcare professional has decided to treat you with Orencia because your disease is still active even though you may have tried other treatments.

Who Should Not Be Treated With Orencia?

You should not receive Orencia if you have ever had an allergic reaction to Orencia.

What Are The Risks?

The following are the major potential risks and side effects of Orencia therapy. However, this list is not complete.

The following are the major possible risks and side effects of Orencia therapy:

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Professional?

Before you start taking Orencia, tell your healthcare professional if you:

Can Other Medicines Or Food Affect Orencia?

Orencia and certain other medicines may interact with each other. Tell your healthcare professional about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.  Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them with you to show your healthcare professional.

Taking Orencia with TNF blocker medications (Enbrel, Humira, Remicade) is not recommended.

How Should I Receive Orencia?

Date Approved: 12/23/05

Date Updated: 02/15/2006

This is a summary of the most important information about Orencia. For details, talk to your healthcare professional.

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