A nurse or other trained health professional will give you or your child this medicine. This medicine is given as a shot under your skin or into a vein.
If this medicine is given through a vein in your arm, it must be injected by your doctor slowly and your IV tube will need to stay in place for 30 minutes. You will receive this medicine again at 2 weeks and 4 weeks after your first dose and then every 4 weeks after.
Abatacept may be also given as a shot under your skin. It may sometimes be given at home to patients who do not need to be in the hospital. If you or your child are using this medicine at home, your doctor or nurse will teach you how to prepare and inject the medicine. Be sure that you understand exactly how to use the medicine.
This medicine comes with a Patient Instructions for Use leaflet. Read and follow the instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.
If you use this medicine at home, you will be shown the body areas where this shot can be given. Use a different body area each time you give yourself or your child a shot. Keep track of where you give each shot to make sure you rotate body areas. This will help prevent skin problems.
This medicine is available in two forms: a vial (glass container) or a prefilled syringe. The prefilled syringe is the only form you can use at home.
If the medicine in the prefilled syringe has changed color, or if you see particles in it, do not use it.
Throw away used needles in a hard, closed container that the needles cannot poke through. Keep this container away from children and pets.
This medicine needs to be given on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.
Store in the refrigerator. Do not freeze.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.