Alefacept (By injection)
Immune Suppressant (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Alefacept injection is used to treat chronic plaque psoriasis, which is a skin disease with red and white scales that don’t go away. This medicine is given to patients who have used other medicines that did not work well.
Alefacept is an immunosuppressant. It works on the immune system to treat the symptoms of plaque psoriasis.
This medicine is to be given only by or under the direct supervision of a doctor.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.
This medicine is usually given once a week for 12 weeks. If you need another 12-week treatment, you must wait at least 12 weeks between each set of treatments. Talk with your doctor if you have questions.
Missed dose: Call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Some medicines can affect how alefacept works. Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:Blood thinner medicine, such as warfarin Cyclosporine Migraine medicine, such as ergotamine Theophylline
When Not To Use
Tell your doctor if you become pregnant while you are receiving this medicine or within 8 weeks after you stop using it.
This medicine may cause the following problems:A small risk for cancer (usually skin cancer) Increased risk for infection from a weakened immune system
Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
You may not see improvement in your skin right away. Your psoriasis may continue to get better even after you have stopped receiving this medicine.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Severe diarrhea or painful or difficult urination
Unusual tiredness or weakness
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Chills, without fever or other symptoms
Pain, itching, burning, swelling, or a lump under your skin where the shot was given
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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