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Common Reactions to Alefacept

Common Side Effects

Alefacept has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occur in a group of people given the drug are documented and compared to those that occur in a similar group of people given a placebo (in this case, an injection with no active ingredient). This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group given the placebo.
In these studies, the most common alefacept side effect was chills, which occurred in up to 6 percent of people. Keep in mind, however, that chills occurred predominantly when alefacept was given by IV instead of by an injection into a muscle, as is currently recommended.
Other common reactions (occurring in 2 to 5 percent of people) included:
  • Sore throat
  • Dizziness
  • Cough
  • Nausea
  • Itching
  • Muscle pain
  • Pain at the injection site
  • Inflammation at the injection site
  • Accidental injury.

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking alefacept. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While the issue may not be related to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.

Alefacept Drug Information

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