alefacept - intravenous, Amevive
GENERIC NAME: ALEFACEPT - INTRAVENOUS (a-LEF-a-sept)
BRAND NAME(S): Amevive
USES: This medication is used to treat a certain skin condition (psoriasis). In psoriasis, certain cells involved in the body's natural defense (immune system) are too active, resulting in the buildup of plaques/dead skin cells. This buildup can cause unsightly patches of skin, discomfort, and pain. Alefacept is a protein that works by affecting the body's immune system to decrease plaques/dead skin cells.This medication is not recommended for use in people with a certain virus infection (HIV). Consult your doctor for details.
HOW TO USE: Read and learn all preparation and usage instructions given by the manufacturer. Before using, check the product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.This medication is given by injection into a vein, usually once weekly for 12 weeks or as directed by your doctor. While you are using this medication, your doctor will order regular blood tests (usually every 2 weeks) to check for serious side effects (e.g., low blood counts). If serious side effects occur, your doctor may choose to delay or stop your treatment.If your doctor directs you to have more than 1 treatment period (12 weekly injections), the manufacturer recommends that you should wait at least 12 weeks between treatment periods.Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely. Consult your pharmacist for details.Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
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