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What Is Belatacept Used For?

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.

Can Children Receive Belatacept?

Belatacept is not approved for use in children and adolescents younger than 18 years of age, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group. Talk to your child's healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using belatacept in children.

Is It Safe for Older Adults?

In clinical trials, there were no differences in belatacept side effects or effectiveness when older adults were compared to younger adults. However, very few older adults were included in the clinical trials. More information is needed before all problems can be ruled out. As is generally the case, some older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of this medicine and, therefore, more likely to experience side effects.

Are There Off-Label Reasons to Use Belatacept?

On occasion, healthcare providers may recommend medications for something other than the officially approved uses. This is known as an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no off-label uses for belatacept.

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