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    Brand Name:Orencia
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
2005-12-23 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Bristol-Myers Squibb
This drug is available in the following forms:
Intravenous Injections
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About 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.

Side Effects of Orencia

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

  • Serious infections.
    • Patients taking Orencia are at increased risk for developing infections including pneumonia, and other infections caused by viruses, bacteria, or fungi. Call your healthcare professional immediately if you feel sick or get any infection during treatment with Orencia.
  • Allergic reactions.
    • These reactions are usually mild or moderate and include hives, swollen face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, or trouble breathing.
  • Malignancies.
    • There have been rare cases of certain kinds of cancer in patients receiving Orencia. The role of Orencia in the development of cancer is not known.
  • Some common side effects that may occur with Orencia include:
    • headache
    • upper respiratory tract infection
    • sore throat
    • nausea

Who Should Not Take Orencia

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

Interactions with 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.

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