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It is used to treat adult patients with moderate or severe chronic plaque psoriasis.
               



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What is this medicine?

ALEFACEPT (a la FA cept) is used to treat adult patients with moderate or severe chronic plaque psoriasis.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:
  • cancer
  • 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
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

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.

What if I miss a dose?

It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.

What may interact with this medicine?

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:

  • vaccines

What should I watch for while using this 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.

               
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