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What should I know about abatacept before taking it?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

If you are breastfeeding, abatacept may not be a good option for you. It is not known whether abatacept is passed into breast milk.

Patients with a history of recurrent infections or underlying conditions predisposing to infections may experience more infections. Your doctor will need to test for tuberculosis and hepatitis B before you start treatment. If a serious infection develops while taking abatacept, discontinue use.

Allergic reaction or hypersensitivity may occur with initial use.

If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, abatacept may not be a good option for you. It is not known if it is safe for pregnant women.

If you have COPD or recurrent infections, abatacept may not be a good option for you.

Live vaccines may have lessened effectiveness while taking abatacept and for three months following discontinuation.

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