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Why is this medication prescribed?
Alefacept is used to treat moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis. Alefacept is in a class of immunosuppressant medications called dimeric fusion proteins. It works by stopping the activity of T- lymphocytes, cells in the body that act abnormally in people with psoriasis.
How should this medicine be used?
Alefacept comes as a solution to inject into a muscle (intramuscularly) or vein (intravenously). It is usually injected in a doctor's office once a week for 12 weeks. Sometimes a second 12 week cycle is given, but it is always separated from the first cycle by at least 12 weeks without the medication.
Other uses for this medicine
This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking alefacept,
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
If you miss an appointment to receive an alefacept injection, call your doctor as soon as possible.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Alefacept may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
Some side effects can be serious. The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you experience any of them, call your doctor immediately:
Alefacept may increase the risk of developing cancer. Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking this medication.
Alefacept may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
Your doctor will store the medication in his office and give it to you each week.
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
Symptoms of overdose may include:
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor will order certain lab tests before and during treatment to check your body's response to alefacept.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT