What is Abatacept?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Orencia

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Abatacept is an injectable product typically used for the treatment of moderately to severely-active rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Rheumatoid arthritis 120 65
Systemic lupus erythematosus 8 4
Psoriatic arthritis 2 1
Behcet's disease 1 1
Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 12
Moderate 8
Mild 15
None 38

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Abatacept

Side effect Patients
Nausea 6
Headaches 5
Fatigue 3
Migraine headaches 3
Burning pain at injection site 1
Chest tightness 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Abatacept

Dosage Patients
125 mg weekly 10
125 mg monthly 5
1,000 mg monthly 4
750 mg monthly 3
250 mg monthly 2
250 mg weekly 2
1 weekly 1
162 mg weekly 1
750 mL monthly 1
750 monthly 1

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Why patients stopped taking Abatacept

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 39
Doctor's advice 18
Side effects too severe 11
Other 6
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 2
Personal research 2
Course of treatment ended 1
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Duration

Currently taking Abatacept

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 9

Stopped taking Abatacept

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 8
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 66
Usually 2
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 15
A little hard to take 20
Not at all hard to take 36
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 10
$100-199 2
$50-99 4
$25-49 10
< $25 23
Not specified 24

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Abatacept after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Adalimumab (Humira) 12
Infliximab (Remicade) 9
Etanercept (Enbrel SureClick) 7
Tocilizumab (Actemra) 6
Certolizumab (Cimzia) 3

Show all 14 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Abatacept and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tocilizumab (Actemra) 9
Rituximab (Rituxan) 6
Etanercept (Enbrel SureClick) 2
Golimumab (Simponi SmartJect) 2
Adalimumab (Humira) 1

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4 patient evaluations for Abatacept

Jan 16, 2017 (Started Sep 02, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 125 mg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jul 6, 2014 (Started Apr 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (burning pain at injection site)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 125 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: The injection site burning only lasts through the first 2-3 shots, after that, it no longer burns upon injection.

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Jan 15, 2013 (Started Dec 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (sinus infection)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Every 6 Weeks

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