User Reviews for Abatacept
Also known as: Orencia
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|Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis||2 reviews||11 medications|
|Rheumatoid Arthritis||25 reviews||346 medications|
|Summary of Abatacept reviews||27 reviews||6.8|
Reviews for Abatacept
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."
Aassoorr October 16, 2017
0 users found this comment helpful.
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."
ShellyMoe (taken for 2 to 5 years) September 29, 2017
5 users found this comment helpful.
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."
Keatonsmm (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 20, 2017
8 users found this comment helpful.
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!"
KatAb May 29, 2017
13 users found this comment helpful.
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 ) "
5teph (taken for 6 months to 1 year) March 9, 2017
13 users found this comment helpful.
Orencia (abatacept) for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: "I loved it til I had my first reaction after 8 months using it . my life has improved."
cadetmom (taken for 6 months to 1 year) February 17, 2017
2 users found this comment helpful.
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!"
Christy B September 24, 2016
59 users found this comment helpful.
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."
RNNana (taken for 6 months to 1 year) August 15, 2016
0 users found this comment helpful.
For : "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
0 users found this comment helpful.
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"
Northern girl (taken for 1 to 2 years) May 5, 2016
22 users found this comment helpful.
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!!!"
A Rose (taken for less than 1 month) April 18, 2016
27 users found this comment helpful.
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."
Jegerdy April 10, 2016
52 users found this comment helpful.
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!"
Mild to severe RA (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 25, 2016
60 users found this comment helpful.
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."
Jowinner (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 12, 2016
43 users found this comment helpful.
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."
northern girl (taken for 6 months to 1 year) January 1, 2016
67 users found this comment helpful.
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."
jvparish (taken for less than 1 month) July 15, 2015
65 users found this comment helpful.
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
79 users found this comment helpful.
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."
RA RN (taken for less than 1 month) April 11, 2015
46 users found this comment helpful.
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
48 users found this comment helpful.
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."
emily0201 (taken for 1 to 2 years) December 12, 2014
40 users found this comment helpful.
Orencia (abatacept) for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: "My daughter started monthly Orencia infusions for her Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis about 3 years after being diagnosed. She had been previously taking Enbrel and Methotrexate injections weekly for 3 years. Her arthritis became more aggressive so her Rheumatologist started her on Orencia. (Continuing the Methotrexate injections). She got used to the infusion part rather quickly. She had no side effects at all, and the only problem we had was the occasional blown vein. Unfortunately, the medication did not prove to be effective for her. After 8 months of constant flare ups, oral steroids and steroid injections, we decided to change the medications again. There are however 2 other children we know that the Orencia is helping prevent flare ups."
Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 23, 2014
16 users found this comment helpful.
Orencia (abatacept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "Limited improvement after 4 months, developed bad rash and MD refused to continue medication."
BW853 (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 15, 2014
35 users found this comment helpful.
Orencia (abatacept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "In UK had this on NHS for last 7 months. Improved within the first month and after a couple of months was able to dance at my sons wedding, something I thought I would never do. Thanks to the makers, it has changed my life. I'm back at work 20 hrs a week and don't ache for most of the month. Like others I do feel washed out for 2 days post infusion but its worth it for nearly a month of good health."
Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 10, 2013
69 users found this comment helpful.
Orencia (abatacept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "I am on my 5th month of treatment and have seen some improvement in overall pain/discomfort, but still continue to have issues. I also have extreme fatigue the day after treatment. My doctor just increased my dose to the maximum to see if that works. I must take medication to sleep comfortably and medication to stay awake during the day. These medications interact. I supposedly have a mild case of rheumatoid arthritis and am still waiting to feel normal."
armorchick1 July 13, 2010
63 users found this comment helpful.
Orencia (abatacept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "After the first week of using Orencia, I felt more energized. Before I would wake up feeling tired, and could barely move. I was stiff and could not go out to dinner, or to other places. Now I can enjoy my life much better, I'm not tired or stiff any more. I can do a lot more things that I wasn't able to do before."
kunki October 7, 2009
91 users found this comment helpful.
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