Drug InteractionsBelatacept may react with several other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Belatacept).
What If I Take an Overdose?Using too much of this medicine may increase your risk for certain infections. An overdose of this medicine is unlikely to occur, however, as each dosage is administered in a healthcare setting, by a healthcare provider.
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What If I Miss a Dose of Belatacept?If you miss an appointment to receive your belatacept dose, contact your healthcare provider right away to reschedule. It is important to keep all of your appointments while taking this medicine. If you find you are having trouble remembering them, try writing your appointment times on a calendar.
How Does It Work?Transplant rejection occurs when the immune system, which is responsible for protecting the body from invaders, recognizes that your newly transplanted kidney is not a natural part of your body and attacks it. Belatacept works by decreasing the activity of the immune system, so it is less able to reject the kidney.
When and How to Take This MedicineSome general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with belatacept include the following:
- This medication is given as a slow injection into a vein (an intravenous, or IV, infusion). You will receive your first dose the day of your surgery, and then approximately every two to four weeks.
- A healthcare provider will administer your injection in a healthcare setting, such as a hospital or clinic. It will take approximately 30 minutes to administer each dose.
- For this drug to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Make sure to keep all of your appointments with your healthcare provider.