(ay lem TU zoo mab)
Created: 2005-04-07 16:15:59.0
Modified: 2010-03-09 08:24:48.0
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• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.
• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).
• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.
How does it work?
• Alemtuzumab injures cancer cells causing their death.
How is it best taken?
• This medicine is given as a shot into a vein.
• Acetaminophen and diphenhydramine may be given before this medicine to decrease fever and chills.
How should I store this medicine?
• This medicine will be given to you in a healthcare setting. You will not store it at home.
Antineoplastic Agent, Monoclonal Antibody
Reasons not to take this medicine
• If you have an allergy to alemtuzumab or any other part of this medicine.
• If you are allergic to mouse proteins, talk with healthcare provider.
• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.
• If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.
• If you are breast-feeding.
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What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)
• Call healthcare provider for instructions.
What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?
• Some patients experience severe reactions during the infusion. This medicine causes low blood cell counts for a long period of time. Your healthcare provider will need to monitor your blood cell counts.
• Serious infections have occurred in patients who take these types of medicines. Talk with healthcare provider.
• This medicine does not mix well with many medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.
What should I monitor?
• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
• Check blood work regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.
• Watch for tarry black stools.
• Follow up with healthcare provider.