How to Take Alefacept and Dose of Alefacept


Find out how to take Alefacept (drug) and its dose. Describes the best time to take the drug and precautions if any that should be followed.

How to take Alefacept


How it should be taken  

It comes as a solution to be administered by a healthcare provider into the large muscle.

Dosage & When it is to be taken

The recommended dose is 15 mg given once weekly as an intramuscular injection.

When it is not to be taken (Contraindications) 

Contraindicated in patients with HIV, and hypersensitivity.

Why it is prescribed (Indications)  

This medication is an immunosuppressant, prescribed for moderate to severe psoriasis. It works by stopping the action of certain cells in the body that cause the symptoms of psoriasis.

Pregnancy Category

Category B : Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women OR Animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in any trimester.

Warnings and Precautions  

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of cancer, recurrent infection, who are taking radiation therapy, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
It should not be used in children.
Avoid live vaccination while taking this medication.

Storage Conditions  

Store it in refrigerator (2-8C).

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