Warnings:

This medication may increase the risk for developing serious (even fatal) infections or certain cancers after receiving a kidney transplant. Belatacept may also increase the risk for developing a certain medical condition, post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD), which can become a type of cancer. The risk is greater in people who have not previously been exposed to a certain virus (Epstein-Barr virus) that causes a common mild infection, usually before adulthood. Before starting treatment with this medication, your doctor should test you to check if you have had previous exposure to Epstein-Barr virus. (See also the Medication Guide.)

This medication is not recommended for use to help prevent organ rejection after a liver transplant.

Warnings:

This medication may increase the risk for developing serious (even fatal) infections or certain cancers after receiving a kidney transplant. Belatacept may also increase the risk for developing a certain medical condition, post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD), which can become a type of cancer. The risk is greater in people who have not previously been exposed to a certain virus (Epstein-Barr virus) that causes a common mild infection, usually before adulthood. Before starting treatment with this medication, your doctor should test you to check if you have had previous exposure to Epstein-Barr virus. (See also the Medication Guide.)

This medication is not recommended for use to help prevent organ rejection after a liver transplant.

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Uses

Belatacept is used to help prevent organ rejection in people who have received a kidney transplant. It is used along with other medications (such as mycophenolate, corticosteroids) to allow your new organ to function normally. Belatacept belongs to a class of drugs known as immunosuppressants. It works by weakening your body's natural defense (immune system) to prevent your body from rejecting the new kidney.

How to use

Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using belatacept and each time you get a refill. Your doctor may direct you to enroll in a special program from the manufacturer (ENLIST Registry) before using this medication. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

This medication is given by injection into a vein as directed by your doctor, usually over 30 minutes. After the first dose, this medication is given on a regular schedule as directed by your doctor. The dosage is based on your weight.

Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and the risk of serious side effects may increase.

If you are giving this medication to yourself at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.

This medication can increase your risk for serious (even fatal) infections, such as cytomegalovirus or pneumocystis. To help prevent these serious infections, your doctor may direct you to also take other medications along with belatacept. Ask your doctor for details. (See also Precautions section.)

You should receive this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, mark your calendar to keep track of when to receive the next dose.

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