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Health Tip: Managing With Psoriasis
ALEFACEPT (a la FA cept) is used to treat adult patients with moderate or severe chronic plaque psoriasis.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:
fever or infection
immune system problems
an unusual or allergic reaction to alefacept, any human or hamster proteins, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
This medicine is for injection into a muscle or infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
medicines that suppress the immune system
phototherapy like methoxsalen, porfimer, and aminolevulinic acid
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for checks on your progress. Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. You will need to have regular blood checks. The side effects of the medicine can continue after you finish your treatment. Promptly report any side effects.
This medicine may increase your risk of getting an infection. Stay away from people who are sick. See your doctor if you get an infection.
Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine and for 8 weeks after stopping the medicine. Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
chest pain or tightness
severe stomach pain
signs of infection like fever, chills, or sore throat
unusual bleeding or bruising
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
muscle ache or pain
pain at site where injected
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.