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Initially injections are given every week. After a few months the interval between injections is gradually increased to two weeks, and eventually monthly. Treatment with gold compounds can lead to injuries of the bone marrow and kidneys. Therefore, an examination of the blood and urine are necessary before each injection. These test results had to be reviewed by the doctor before the injection, so this made treatment more expensive, and caused people to spend more time in the office. Treatment with gold injections is a slow process.
Abatacept needs to be administered every month. Potential side effects of abatacept include allergic reactions, an increased risk for infections, and cancer. In particular, treatment with abatacept can make you more prone to getting infections or make any infection you already have worse. It is important to tell your doctor if you think you have any infections before beginning therapy with abatacept. 93 your treatment with abatacept, you should see your doctor immediately or go to the emergency room to be evaluated.
The time between injections can range from weeks to months, depending on the specific agent and the severity of your disease. Currently, three TNF inhibitors are approved in the United States for the treatment of RA: infliximab (Remicade), etanercept (Enbrel), and adalimumab (Humira). Several more TNF inhibitors are currently being reviewed by the FDA. All of these therapies are expensive, however, so you should find out which agents your insurance will cover and discuss this issue with your physician before beginning therapy.