alefacept, Amevive (cont.)

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Medical and Pharmacy Editor:

PRESCRIBED FOR: Alefacept is used for the treatment of adult patients with moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis who require drugs that are absorbed or injected into the body or light therapy (phototherapy).

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of alefacept are:

The most serious side effects are

Alefacept should not be used by individuals whose blood lymphocyte counts are less than 250/ml.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: No

PREPARATIONS: Powder for Injection: 15 mg/Vial for intramuscular use.

STORAGE: Alefacept should be stored at room temperature, 15 C to 30 C (59 C to 86 F).

DOSING: The recommended dose is 15 mg by intramuscular injection once weekly for 12 weeks. The treatment cycle can be repeated after a twelve week interval without treatment if the patient's T-lymphocyte counts are within the normal range.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/11/2015


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