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Immunologic agents (drugs) are prescription medications that change the body’s immune response, either by strengthening or weakening the immune system. The immune system fights off foreign matter in the body such as viruses and bacteria, often preventing infections.Doctors sometimes use immunologic drugs to treat disease. The drugs fall into two categories: immunostimulants and immunosuppresive agents.

Immunostimulants are drugs that stimulate the immune system in an effort to ward off diseases and infections. A vaccine is an example of this kind of drug.

Immunosuppressives are drugs that suppress, or weaken, the immune system response. These include drugs used during organ transplants to decrease the likelihood of organ rejection. Immunosuppressive agents can also be used in cancer chemotherapy treatments.

An example of a type of immunosuppressive agent is the TNF-alfa inhibitor, used to block the body’s inflammatory response. Doctors sometimes prescribe this type of drug to treat inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.

If your doctor prescribes immunologic agents for you, make sure you discuss with your doctor how they can help your health conditions, how you should take them, and any possible side effects.

Common Drugs

  • Proleukin
  • Neumega
  • Copaxone
  • Adagen
  • Mozobil
  • Provenge
  • TheraCys
  • Tice BCG
  • Tice BCG Vaccine
  • Avonex Prefilled Syringe
  • Infergen
  • Betaseron
  • Avonex
  • Rebif
  • Trihibit

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