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Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by

Orencia (generic name: abatacept) is a prescription drug that comes as an injectable solution. It is used to treat the symptoms of the autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.

However, the following  people cannot take Orencia:

  • Pregnant women
  • Breastfeeding women
  • Patients receiving live vaccines


Known health risks or side effects of Orencia

Orencia can cause serious infections or allergic reactions in some people. Seek immediate medical help if you exhibit any signs of infection such as fever, chills, dry cough, sore throat, night sweats, tired feeling, weight loss, or painful warmth or redness of skin.  Consultation with a healthcare professional is also suggested if the following symptoms are observed:

  • Tuberculosis
  • Weak immune system
  • Infections (including skin infections or open sores)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Diabetes
  • Hepatitis

Serious side effects due to Orencia, that warrant a consultation with healthcare professionals, include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Stabbing chest pain, wheezing, cough with yellow or green mucus
  • Pain or burning when urinating
  • Signs of skin infection such as itching, swelling, warmth, redness, or oozing.

Common side effects that may occur because of Orencia include:

  • Fever
  • Nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain
  • Headache
  • Cold symptoms

Body systems that might be affected by Orencia

The side effects of taking Orencia may affect the respiratory, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, nervous, cardiovascular, hematologic, musculoskeletal, and immune systems. Orencia has also been observed to affect the skin, eyes, liver, and kidney. Aside from those previously mentioned, Orencia has also caused cancer, hypersensitivity, and weight gain

Food items or nutrients that prevent the side effects of Orencia

People who take Orencia often experience headaches. Here are some food suggestions that could help relieve headaches:

  • Ginger
  • Mint juice
  • Chamomile tea
  • Almonds
  • Lemons
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Watermelon
  • Coffee
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Bananas

Treatments, management options for the side effects of Orencia

Aside from food, some home remedies to relieve headaches include:

  • Massaging of neck and temples. Rubbing the neck and temples will increase blood flow and remove tension
  • Using ice packs. Putting an ice pack on your forehead will reduce inflammation, which contributes to headaches, while also numbing the pain.
  • Applying peppermint oil on your forehead. The characteristic smell of peppermint is said to relax the nervous system and it will also relax the muscles in the area of application.
  • Meditating and doing breathing exercises. These will help relieve tension and will relax the muscles.
  • Inhaling lavender oil. Lavender oil acts as a sedative and will help relieve the pain felt.

Where to learn more


Orencia is an injectable solution for patients with rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis.

Side effects of Orencia may affect the  respiratory, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, nervous, cardiovascular, hematologic, musculoskeletal, and immune systems.

Headaches induced by Orencia can be relieved by natural treatments and other treatments.

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