Understanding How Alefacept Works and Safety Considerations
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Starting Treatment?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking alefacept if you have:
- A history of tuberculosis or hepatitis B
- Any current infection
- Infections that come and go, such as cold sores
- Any disease that affects the immune system, such as diabetes, cancer, HIV, or AIDS
- A history of any type of cancer
- Plans to receive vaccinations
- Liver disease, such as hepatitis, liver failure, or cirrhosis
- Any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Amevive and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Amevive and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Alefacept to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)