Abatacept Auto-Injectors

Name: Abatacept Auto-Injectors

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Abatacept Auto-Injectors?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • This medicine may be used with other drugs to treat your health condition. If you are also taking other drugs, talk with your doctor about the risks and side effects that may happen.
  • Very bad and sometimes deadly allergic side effects have rarely happened. Talk with your doctor.
  • Very bad infections have been reported with use of this medicine (abatacept auto-injectors). If you have any infection, are taking antibiotics now or in the recent past, or have many infections, talk with your doctor.
  • You may have more of a chance of getting an infection. Wash hands often. Stay away from people with infections, colds, or flu. Some infections have been very bad and even deadly.
  • You will need a TB (tuberculosis) test before starting this medicine.
  • Hepatitis B testing may be done. A hepatitis B infection may get worse during care.
  • Make sure you are up to date with all your vaccines before treatment with this medicine (abatacept auto-injectors).
  • Talk with your doctor before getting any vaccines while you take this medicine and after you stop taking it. Vaccine use with this medicine (abatacept auto-injectors) may either raise the chance of an infection or make the vaccine not work as well. Talk with your doctor.
  • Breathing problems have happened more often in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) when taking this medicine. This includes COPD that gets worse, cough, and trouble breathing. Talk with the doctor.
  • This medicine may add to the chance of getting some types of cancer. Talk with the doctor.
  • If you are 65 or older, use this medicine (abatacept auto-injectors) with care. You could have more side effects.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant.
  • If you used this medicine (abatacept auto-injectors) during pregnancy, tell your baby's doctor. You will need to discuss the safety and timing of certain vaccines with the doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
  • This medicine is not approved for use in children younger than 18 years of age. Talk with the doctor.

How is this medicine (Abatacept Auto-Injectors) best taken?

Use this medicine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • It is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.
  • This medicine may be given at home.
  • If you will be giving yourself the shot, your doctor or nurse will teach you how to give the shot.
  • Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
  • Wash your hands before and after you give the shot.
  • Do not use if the solution is cloudy, leaking, or has particles.
  • This medicine is colorless to a faint yellow. Do not use if the solution changes color.
  • Before using this medicine (abatacept auto-injectors), take it out of the refrigerator and leave it at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Move the site where you give the shot with each shot.
  • Do not give into skin that is irritated, bruised, red, infected, or scarred.
  • Do not rub the site where you give the shot.
  • Throw syringe away after use. Do not use the same syringe more than one time.
  • Throw away needles in a needle/sharp disposal box. Do not reuse needles or other items. When the box is full, follow all local rules for getting rid of it. Talk with a doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Call your doctor to find out what to do.

If OVERDOSE is suspected

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Abatacept Auto-Injectors?

  • Store in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.
  • Store in original container.
  • Protect from light.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
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