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How it works

Abatacept blocks the action of certain chemical messengers that are responsible for inflammation, swelling and redness associated with certain joint diseases.

Common side effects

Nausea, Headache, Upper respiratory tract infection, Nasopharyngitis

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Expert advice

  • Before taking abatacept, you may be tested for tuberculosis (infection of the lungs due to certain bacteria) or viral hepatitis (infection in the liver due to a virus). 
  • Avoid contact with people who have cold or any type of infections.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you develop any kind of infection.
  • Do not take any vaccinations while using abatacept and within 3 months after stopping abatacept treatment.
  • Do not take abatacept along with other rheumatoid arthritis biologic therapy.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery as abatacept may causedizziness and visual disturbances.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is abatacept a biologic/ monoclonal antibody?
No. Abatacept is not a biologic/ monoclonal antibody. It belongs to class of drugs called immunomodulators.

Content on this page was last updated on 15 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)