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User Reviews for Abatacept

Also known as: Orencia

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Summary of Abatacept reviews 6.2 32 reviews

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Orencia (abatacept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "Been on Orencia 8 years. Started with infusions, switched to injections. Have not seen any improvement, but Dr. insists it's working because my inflammation markers are normal. My orthopedic doesn't agree though, because he continues to see more joint damage every time I see him. And if my inflammation markers are normal, why is there pain and swelling every day?"

   
2.0

Trish (taken for 5 to 10 years) May 22, 2018

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Orencia (abatacept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "Orencia worked a little maybe taking the pain down from 8 to 6 but it did not get rid of the sacroiliac joint (SI) joint pain I had ever, so I went on to try another medicine from my rheumatologist."

   
1.0

Anne (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 25, 2018

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Orencia (abatacept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "It made me extremely nauseous."

   
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17cherry (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 27, 2018

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Orencia (abatacept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "I had had success with Actemra, but at the 11 month mark, I had a heart attack and an upper GI bleed, both believed to be caused by the Actemra. So, we changed to Orencia, primarily because it has a lower incidence of side effects. It did take 5-1/2 months for the Orencia to start working, but it is now working well, and I feel like it continues to improve. I do take it in combination with methotrexate. I have not had any side effects. I am very pleased by how much Orencia has helped me."

   
9.0

Barb B (taken for 6 months to 1 year) February 9, 2018

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Orencia (abatacept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "Unfortunately Orencia did not work for me. I waited six months to see if it would work. It did nothing for me, but at least I didn’t have any side effects from it. I wish they could come up with a test to figure out what medication will work for who. It’s terrible wasting time waiting for something that may never happen."

Jd7 (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 19, 2017

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Orencia (abatacept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "I had the worse experience with this Orencia medicine. I kept waiting for the six months that they said it takes to work. In the process, I got worse than ever . It not only didn't work but made me worse. I was so mad that I waited so long in vain. I will never try another medication that supposedly take that long to work."

   
1.0

Aassoorr October 16, 2017

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Orencia (abatacept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "I have been on Orencia for 3.5 years and diagnosed 4 years ago. I am so thankful that I responded so well to this medication. Orencia was the first medication and hopefully, the last. Since my first infusion, in 2013, and the symptoms were finally being held at bay, I have not had any issues to date. I, whole heartily, 100% recommend Orecina. It saved my life and gave me my life back. I hope it'll do the same for you."

   
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ShellyMoe (taken for 2 to 5 years) September 29, 2017

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Orencia (abatacept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "I've been doing the infusion for three months now. It hasn't improved any of my symptoms at all. Day of infusion I get severe low back/hip pain & I'm exhausted. The two days following I sleep a lot & feel awful."

   
3.0

Keatonsmm (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 20, 2017

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Orencia (abatacept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "After rashes, pain, nausea, and elevated liver enzymes on Remicade, then Humira, the doc switched me to Orencia. Felt very tired the evening of the loading dose, but not ill. Now I feel better than I have felt in 4 years! LOVE this stuff!"

   
9.0

KatAb May 29, 2017

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Orencia (abatacept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "LIFE CHANGING - I have tried many of your typical RA drugs since being diagnosed at 22 (Plaquenil, Methylprednisolone for 5 years ) "

   
10

5teph (taken for 6 months to 1 year) March 9, 2017

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Orencia (abatacept) for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: "I loved it til I had my first reaction after 8 months using it . my life has improved."

   
7.0

cadetmom (taken for 6 months to 1 year) February 17, 2017

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Orencia (abatacept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "I was diagnosed with severe ra in 2009 with Sjögren's, Raynauds and Fibro. I've tried Methotrexate, Sulfazine, Prednisone, Embrel, Humira and Remicade. I became allergic to all of the biological then the others stopped working. Orencia saved me. I react positively within 2 days of my self injection. I can take breaks, sometimes months off, and it does not effect how the drug works for me. I can now run a mile, ride horses for hours, swim and roller skate again. I'm 47 and I look 35 thanks to this miracle drug. I'm so happy to have my strength and mobility back!"

   
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Christy B September 24, 2016

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For Rheumatoid Arthritis: "Works quite well. Shot is painless. I don't generally have side effects. I have the Orencia copay assistance that makes the medication affordable."

   
9.0

RNNana (taken for 6 months to 1 year) August 15, 2016

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For Not Listed / Other: "I was diagnosed with Lupus in 2007. I had no major side effects until the past couple years. Now the Lupus has caused and RA diagnosis and a Vasculitis diagnosis. I have been on Plaquinel and Methotrexate. I was scheduled for a Cytoxan infusion but my bloodwork came back positive for the Jo-1 virus. So I cannot have the infusion. The doctor has since prescribed me Orencia by weekly at home injection ( I opted for this versus the infusion). I just had my 3rd weekly injection. The first week showed no difference but the second week showed vast improvement with minimal pain and I was able to go for a 1/2 mile walk the other day- WOO HOO! I do notice I am tired the day after injection but the energy picks up after that. :)"

bardot3 (taken for less than 1 month) June 23, 2016

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Orencia (abatacept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "Gave this drug a ten a few months ago but after just over a year it has stopped working. Now trying roactemra"

   
3.0

Northern girl (taken for 1 to 2 years) May 5, 2016

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Orencia (abatacept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "Diagnosed 3years ago with RA in all major joints except right hip which is severe Osteoarthritis,I take Plaquenil & have tried Methotrexate, Gabapentin, Meloxicam, Arava had major side effects with each one. My Dr. decided to try a biologic. My first self injection of Enbrel caused an anaphylactic reaction almost killing me. I now carry an epi pen. I was scared but hopeful that Orencia would work. The first injection I litterally kept the Epi Pen in my hand. 2 hours after the first dose all 10 fingers turned a very dark blue-black color, as did my feet. My legs were a solid grey-blue color. 2nd injection same thing. Orencia was stopped. 2 months later I am still blue. NEVER AGAIN!!!"

   
1.0

A Rose (taken for less than 1 month) April 18, 2016

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Orencia (abatacept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "Prednisone, plaquenil, mobic, sulfasalisine and arava weren't keeping my pain at bay and I was so tired, stiff and sore that I was struggling at work. My Dr Jenny decided to try orencia by self injection weekly and after a month I started to feel better and my inflammation levels started to go down. I am now off the plaquenil and prednisone and working an 8 hr day 3 days a week gardening and landscaping. I hope it continues, it saved my work life."

   
9.0

Jegerdy April 10, 2016

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Orencia (abatacept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "Been on weekly injections since Nov 2011. Have had no side effects, no flare ups, no joint swelling or pain. Totally keeping my RA at bay. My insurance and Orencia co-pay covered the total expense but now since my insurance changed January 2016, they will not cover it and insist I try Humira. I cannot take methotrexate (kidney issues). I am terrified they'd rather let me die due to cost than give me what has worked for over 4 yrs! My doctor believes totally in Orencia & so do i! I think it's the BEST out there!"

   
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Mild to severe RA (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 25, 2016

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Orencia (abatacept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "My RA attacked my lungs, turning my lung tissue into scar tissue, which does not expand. My first pulmonologist gave me five years. Then I changed Dr. And my rheumatologist & pulmonologist put their heads together, after I had 3 bad reactions to drugs, and decided to put me on Orencia infusions. I have been on it for 2 & 1/2 years. My lung damage has stopped. My lungs are not healing, but they are no longer getting worse. The rest of my body isn't receiving much relief, but I am thrilled about my lungs! If they are not getting worse, that means my 5 years is no longer counting down. Thank you Orencia! And my insurance covers my infusion clinic bill in full. I am still on oxygen 24/7 at a rate of 4 liters, which I have been on since 2012."

   
7.0

Jowinner (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 12, 2016

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Orencia (abatacept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "I have had severe rheumatoid arthritis and linked auto immune liver disease for four years. Nothing worked. I couldn't take methotrexate because of my liver. I have had steroids by the bucket load, sulfasalazine, azathrioprine, cimzia, simponi, rituximab, - nothing worked. I began orencia seven months ago and it has transformed my life. I am almost back to normal again (although anyone who has been through this will know that life will never be the same again!) and have had no unpleasant side effects. Amazing."

   
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northern girl (taken for 6 months to 1 year) January 1, 2016

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Orencia (abatacept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "I have taken 4 doses of the weekly self injections. At first I felt awful, nauseated and flu like systems, but now I feel wonderful. I don't hurt and it even has helped the shortness of breath I would get walking up stairs. I hope it continues to help and hope I don't gain additional weight as I have done with the prednisone. I have been on prednisone for over 6 months and have gained 10-15 pounds."

   
9.0

jvparish (taken for less than 1 month) July 15, 2015

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Orencia (abatacept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "Was on Orencia for about 7 years. Never had any side effects. I'm now 65 and feeling younger than everyone my age. But Dr. went back home to another country and I've been off Orencia for about 6 months. I feel 10 years older because of the pain. Not only in RA joints but also where I have osteoarthritis. Also losing my grip and hand and wrist strength. Orencia was like the fountain of youth for me!"

Anonymous (taken for 5 to 10 years) April 23, 2015

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Orencia (abatacept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "Got an infusion of Orencia on a Tues for worsening RA symptoms. Wednesday, I had a severe headache that basically incapacitated me. Thursday morning, I woke up with the same headache, sensitivity to light and sound, and a stiff neck. I was unable to stand up without vomiting. ED doctor did lumbar puncture and told me I had viral meningitis. That experience has made me reluctant to try another biologic."

   
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RA RN (taken for less than 1 month) April 11, 2015

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Orencia (abatacept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "I have moderate to severe RA. Diagnosed 1.5 yrs ago. Initially on Prednisone and Methotrexate; later added Remicade. Side effects were severe with fevers of "unexplained origin", night sweats, lethargy and dizziness. Swelling of hand knuckles and ankle joint unchanged. Consulting doctor at Johns Hopkins suggested Orencia plus plaquinil. I had already stopped taking the other meds. Benefit of Orencia kicked in after 4 months of infusion application. After 8 months I am now on second month of weekly self-injection. Swelling of ankle greatly reduced. Right hand knuckle swelling somewhat reduced, but still evident with accompanying stiffness. I have never experienced significant pain with RA, but MRIs show joint erosion in hands and ankle."

Nickdor March 18, 2015

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Orencia (abatacept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "Severe back pain and also in neck, shoulders and arms started after being on Abatacept for about 3 months. More muscular pain than bone pain. Looking to come off it as its becoming problematic. I've been on 4 other biologic medicines and this was the most effective in getting flare ups under control."

   
5.0

emily0201 (taken for 1 to 2 years) December 12, 2014

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