Nulojix

Generic Name: Belatacept

  • What is Nulojix?

    Nulojix is a medicine used to prevent transplant rejection in people who have received a kidney transplant. Nulojix is used with corticosteroids (medicines that help fight inflammation) and certain other medicines to help prevent rejection of your new kidney.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Nulojix?

    Nulojix increases your risk of serious side effects, including post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD) (a condition that can happen if certain white blood cells grow out of control after an organ transplant because your immune system is weak); getting cancers other than PTLD; progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (a rare but serious brain infection caused by a certain virus); and getting other serious infections, including tuberculosis (a bacterial infection that affects the lungs), and other infections caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi.

    Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any change in mood or your usual behavior, changes in the amount of urine that you make, blood in your urine, pain or burning on urination, changes in the way you walk or talk, changes in vision, confusion or problems thinking or with memory, decreased strength or weakness on one side of your body, fever, night sweats, or tiredness that does not go away, flu, cold symptoms, or cough, new skin lesions or bumps, change in size or color of a mole, stomach pain, swollen glands, tenderness over your transplanted kidney, vomiting or diarrhea, or weight loss.

  • Who should not take Nulojix?

    Do not receive treatment with Nulojix if you have never been exposed to Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Your doctor will do a test to see if you were exposed to EBV in the past.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Nulojix?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Nulojix. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you plan to receive any vaccines, have any other medical conditions, are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, are breastfeeding, or plan to breastfeed.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you based on your weight.

  • How should I take Nulojix?

    Your doctor will administer Nulojix through a needle placed in a vein (intravenous infusion). It takes about 30 minutes to give you the full dose of Nulojix. Your doctor will tell you how often you will receive Nulojix. Take all the medicines prescribed by your doctor to prevent infection or transplant rejection exactly as your doctor tells you.

  • What should I avoid while taking Nulojix?

    Limit the amount of time you spend in sunlight. Do not use tanning beds or sunlamps. Do not receive vaccines.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Nulojix?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Nulojix at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Nulojix?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: constipation, cough, diarrhea, fever, headache, high blood pressure, kidney or bladder infection, low potassium or high potassium in your blood, low red blood count (anemia), low white blood cell count, nausea or vomiting, new kidney not working well, swollen legs, feet, or ankles

  • Can I receive Nulojix if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Nulojix during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Nulojix?

    Contact your doctor if you miss your scheduled appointment to receive Nulojix.

  • How should I store Nulojix?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.