abatacept

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ABATACEPT - INJECTION

Common Brand Name(s): Orencia
Phonetic Pronunciation: (a-BAT-a-sept)
Information last revised October 2010

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This medication is used alone or with other medications (e.g., methotrexate) to treat rheumatoid arthritis, a condition in which the body's own defense system (immune system) attacks the healthy tissues around the joints. It is usually used when other medications for rheumatoid arthritis are not successful in controlling the disease. Abatacept helps slow joint damage and reduce the joint pain/swelling so you can move better. It works by weakening your immune system and decreasing swelling (inflammation).
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