NULOJIX Uses

NULOJIX is prescribed to help prevent organ rejection in people who have a kidney transplant. It is only approved for use in adults age 18 and older, and should only be given to those who are immune to the Epstein-Barr virus. This anti-rejection medication works by weakening the immune system so it will not attack the new kidney. There are currently no off-label uses for NULOJIX.

What Is NULOJIX Used For?

NULOJIX® (belatacept) is a prescription medication approved to prevent transplant rejection in people who receive a kidney transplant. It is only used in people who are immune to the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). NULOJIX is always used in combination with other medications, specifically mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept®), basiliximab (Simulect®), and corticosteroids (such as prednisone).
 
A kidney transplant is a surgical procedure used to place a healthy kidney, from a kidney donor, into someone who has kidney failure, or end-stage kidney disease. Because only one kidney is needed to replace two failed kidneys, the donated kidney can come from a living donor or a cadaver donor (someone who has recently died).
 
People who receive a kidney transplant will need to take anti-rejection medications for the rest of their lives to prevent transplant rejection. Transplant rejection occurs when the immune system tries to get rid of the transplanted organ because it recognizes that it is not a natural part of the body. Preventing transplant rejection is important because transplant rejection can cause the transplanted organ to fail.
 
NULOJIX is an anti-rejection medication. It is only used in people who have demonstrated immunity against a virus known as the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), the virus that causes mononucleosis ("mono"). People become immune to this virus after they have been exposed to it. Therefore, your healthcare provider will give you a blood test to make sure you have been exposed to EBV before you are given NULOJIX.
 

NULOJIX Medication Information

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