Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Do not take other medicines for arthritis unless you talk to your doctor. This includes adalimumab (Humira®), anakinra (Kineret®), etanercept (Enbrel®), infliximab (Remicade®), or rituximab (Rituxan®). Using any of these together with this medicine may increase your chance of having serious side effects.
Talk to your doctor before getting flu shots or other vaccines while you are receiving this medicine. Vaccines may not work as well, or they could make you ill while you are using this medicine.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have lung disease, any kind of infection, or if you are scheduled to have surgery. Tell your doctor if you also have tuberculosis (TB), or have had a positive skin test for TB, or if you have been in close contact with someone who has TB.
This medicine contains maltose (a type of sugar) which may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes and you notice a change in the results of your blood sugar tests or if you have any questions, check with your doctor. Your doctor may need you to use a different test for your blood sugar levels.
Abatacept may cause a serious allergic reaction. Check with your doctor right away if you have a rash; itching; swelling of the face, tongue, and throat; trouble with breathing; or chest pain after you get the injection.
Your body's ability to fight infection may be reduced while you are being treated with abatacept. It is very important that you call your doctor at the first signs of any infection (e.g., if you get a fever or chills).
Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.