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(alefacept), for Injection, for Intramuscular Use
AMEVIVE® (alefacept) is a CD2-directed LFA-3/Fc fusion protein that consists of the extracellular CD2-binding portion of the human leukocyte function antigen-3 (LFA-3) linked to the Fc (hinge, CH2 and CH3 domains) portion of human IgGl. Alefacept is produced by recombinant DNA technology in a Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) mammalian cell expression system. The molecular weight of alefacept is 91.4 kilodaltons.
AMEVIVE® is supplied as a sterile, white-to-off-white, preservative-free, lyophilized powder for intramuscular administration. After reconstitution with 0.6 mL of the supplied Sterile Water for Injection, USP, the solution of AMEVIVE® is clear, with a pH of approximately 6.9.
AMEVIVE® for intramuscular injection contains alefacept (15 mg), citric acid monohydrate (0.06 mg), glycine (5 mg), sodium citrate dehydrate (3.6 mg), and sucrose (12.5 mg) per 0.5 mL of reconstituted solution.
What are the possible side effects of alefacept (Amevive)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using alefacept and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sores in your mouth and throat;
- cough with yellow or green mucus, stabbing chest pain, wheezing, feeling short of breath;
- nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or...
What are the precautions when taking alefacept (Amevive)?
Last reviewed on RxList: 11/29/2016
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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