Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Rheumatoid arthritis
Adult: As monotherapy or in combination with methotrexate or other DMARDs: Initially, <60 kg: 500 mg; 60-100 kg: 750 mg; >100 kg: 1 g. Dose is given via infusion over 30 minutes, repeated at 2 and 4 weeks after 1st infusion, then every 4 weeks thereafter.

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
Child: As monotherapy or in combination with methotrexate or other DMARDs: 6-17 yr <75 kg: 10 mg/kg via infusion over 30 minutes, repeated at 2 and 4 weeks after 1st infusion, then every 4 weeks thereafter; ≥75 kg Same as adult dose.

Rheumatoid arthritis
Adult: 125 mg once weekly. If initiated with single IV infusion, administer 125 mg within the day of infusion followed by 125 mg once weekly.
IV infusion: Add 10 mL sterile water for inj to a vial labelled as containing 250 mg to provide a soln containing 25 mg/mL. Swirl gently to avoid foaming. Dilute further w/ NaCl 0.9% inj to a total volume of 100 mL (withdraw a volume of NaCl equal to the volume of abatacept required), w/ a final concentration of ≤10 mg/mL. Do not shake.
Hypersensitivity. Severe and uncontrolled infections (e.g. sepsis, active TB, hepatitis B, opportunistic infection). Lactation. Concomitant use w/ tumour necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors and biologic immunosuppressive agents.
Special Precautions
Patient w/ COPD, history of recurrent infections, underlying conditions that may predispose to infections, or chronic, latent, or localised infections. Childn. Pregnancy. Admin of live vaccines.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: Viral reactivation (i.e. hepatitis B), exacerbation of COPD.
Nervous: Dizziness, headache, fatigue, paraesthesia, depression, anxiety, vertigo.
CV: HTN, hypotension, flushing, arrhythmias.
GI: Nausea, dyspepsia, diarrhea, mouth ulcers.
Resp: Wheezing, dyspnoea, nasopharyngitis, cough, bronchitis.
Hepatic: Abnormal liver function values.
Haematologic: Thrombocytopenia, leucopenia.
Musculoskeletal: Back pain, pain in extremities.
Ophthalmologic: Conjunctivitis.
Dermatologic: Pruritus, rash, cellulitis, alopecia, psoriasis.
Others: Inj site reactions (e.g. haematoma, erythema, itch), infusion-related reactions.
Potentially Fatal: Serious infections (e.g. pneumonia, sepsis). Rarely, hypersensitivity, anaphylaxis, or anaphylactoid reactions.
Patient Counseling Information
This drug may cause dizziness and reduced visual acuity, if affected, do not drive or operate machinery.
Monitoring Parameters
Screen for hepatitis B and TB prior to initiation of therapy. Monitor CBC, ALT/AST, and creatinine before treatment. Monitor signs and symptoms of infections and hypersensitivity reaction.
Drug Interactions
May diminish the therapeutic effect of live vaccines.
Potentially Fatal: Increased risk of serious infection w/ TNF inhibitors (e.g. adalimumab, etanercept, infliximab). Enhanced toxicity w/ biologic immunosuppressive agents (e.g. anakinra, rituximab).
Lab Interference
May result in falsely elevated blood glucose w/ dehydrogenase pyrroloquinolinequinone or glucose-dye-oxidoreductase tests on the day of infusion.
Description: Abatacept is a selective costimulation modulator that binds to CD80 and CD86 on antigen presenting cells, which prevents activation of CD28 T-lymphocytes found in the synovium of rheumatoid arthritis patients, thus reducing cytokine production and inflammation.
Absorption: Bioavailability: Approx 79% (SC; relative to IV).
Excretion: Terminal elimination half-life: Approx 13 days (IV); approx 14 days (SC).
Store between 2-8°C. Protect from light. Do not freeze.
MIMS Class
Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs)
ATC Classification
L04AA24 - abatacept ; Belongs to the class of selective immunosuppressive agents. Used to induce immunosuppression.
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