Available by prescription only, belatacept is used to prevent organ rejection in people who have received a kidney transplant. It comes as an intravenous (IV) injection that is administered by a healthcare provider, approximately every two to four weeks. Although this can be an effective medicine, it may not be suitable for some people who are taking certain medications or who have certain medical conditions.
Belatacept (NULOJIX®) is a prescription medication approved to prevent transplant rejection in people receiving a kidney transplant. It is always used in combination with other anti-rejection medications. Belatacept is only approved for use in people who are immune to a virus known as the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV).
(Click What Is Belatacept Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)
Just like any medicine, belatacept may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of belatacept include but are not limited to:
- Anemia (low red blood cell counts)
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Swelling of the legs, ankles, or feet (edema).
(Click Belatacept Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)