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Amevive
Alefacept - Intravenous


Amevive is used to treat moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis.

 
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Uses
Amevive is used to treat moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis.


Storage
  • Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
  • Once prepared the diluted solution should be refrigerated and used within 4 hours.
  • Check the expiration date on the label and properly discard any unused medication after that time.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.


Overdose
  • If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Symptoms of overdose may include: chills, headache, or joint pain.

How To Use
  • Use Amevive exactly as prescribed.
  • Amevive is given by vein (IV) by a healthcare professional once weekly.
  • All the preparation and administration instructions in the product package should be followed.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are unclear on any information.
  • To prevent foaming of the medication, the bottle should not be shaken when the dose is prepared.
  • Do not use if the liquid contains particles or is discolored or cloudy.
  • Make sure needles and any medical supplies are stored safely and disposed of properly.
  • Use Amevive regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • To help you remember, take it on the same day each week.

Side Effects
  • Pain or swelling at the injection site may occur.
  • Dizziness, throat inflammation, increased cough, nausea, itching, muscle pain, or chills may also occur.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
  • Tell your doctor immediately if this highly unlikely but very serious side effect occur: chest pain.
  • Though very unlikely, you may have a slightly increased risk of developing a cancer due to Amevive.
  • Tell your doctor immediately if you develop symptoms such as : unusual lumps, swollen glands, skin lesions/spots that are new or change appearance.
  • Tell your doctor immediately if you develop signs of infection while using Amevive, such as: fever, chills, persistent sore throat, trouble breathing, painful or frequent urination, unusual vaginal discharge, white patches in the mouth (oral thrush).
  • An allergic reaction to Amevive is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
  • Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Amevive should not be used if you have certain medical conditions.
  • Before using Amevive, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: history of cancer, active infections, currently receiving phototherapy.
  • Before using Amevive, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: recurrent infections (e.g., pneumonia, skin infections), immune system disorders (immunosupression), any allergies.
  • Do not have immunizations/vaccinations without the consent of your doctor and avoid contact with people who have recently received oral polio vaccine.
  • Amevive may make you dizzy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery.
  • Amevive should not be used by children.
  • Caution is advised when using Amevive in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the side effects of Amevive.
  • Amevive should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
  • It is not known whether Amevive passes into breast milk.
  • Breast-feeding is not recommended while using Amevive.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist immediately to establish a new dosing schedule.

Drug Interactions
  • Before using Amevive, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription products you may use, especially of: drugs that may suppress your immune system (e.g., cancer chemotherapy, prednisone, cyclosporine), live vaccines.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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