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Belatacept

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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Nulojix

    Uses
    • It is used to protect the kidney transplant.
    • It helps the body accept the kidney.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • This drug is used with other drugs.
    • It is given as a shot into a vein over a period of time.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • You may have a chance of getting post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD). PTLD happens when your white blood cells grow out of control and can lead to cancer and death.
    • You will have more chance of getting infections. Avoid crowds and people with infections, colds, or flu.
    • This drug may add to your chance of getting some types of cancer.
    • Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs. Taking them together can cause bad side effects. This is one of those drugs. Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.
    • Please read the medication guide.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to belatacept or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have not been exposed to EBV (Epstein Barr) virus.
    • If you are breast-feeding.

    Precautions

    • Very bad infections have been reported with use of this drug. If you have any infection, are taking antibiotics now or in the recent past, or have many infections, talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood work checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • You may get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.
    • Talk with your doctor before getting any vaccines. Use with this drug may either raise the chance of an infection or make the vaccine not work as well.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.

    Side Effects

    • Headache.
    • Anemia and low white blood cell count.
    • Hard stools (constipation).
    • Loose stools (diarrhea).
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals and good mouth care may help. Older children may suck hard, sugar-free candy.
    • Swelling.
    • High blood pressure.
    • Cough.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.5F (38C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.
    • Confusion; very nervous; anger with sweating, shivering, stiffness, or shaking.
    • Trouble speaking.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • Big change in balance.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Very loose stools (diarrhea).
    • Not able to pass urine.
    • Any bruising or bleeding.
    • Sudden change in eyesight.
    • Very bad swelling.
    • A big weight loss.
    • Night sweats.
    • Fever that does not go away.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
    • Copyright 1978-2013 Lexi-Comp Inc. All rights reserved.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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