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Orencia can potentially interact with a few other medicines (see Orencia Drug Interactions).
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Any disease that weakens the immune system, such as diabetes, cancer, HIV, or AIDS
- Any current infection
- Infections that come and go (such as cold sores)
- Plans to receive vaccinations
- A history of hepatitis B infection or tuberculosis
- Exposure to chickenpox or tuberculosis (TB)
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
- Test your blood sugar regularly (usually for diabetes).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you may be taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Orencia Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
An Orencia overdose is unlikely, since the drug is given through IV by your healthcare provider. In studies, doses of about five times the recommended Orencia dosage did not cause any problems (other than the usual side effects of Orencia).