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What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Aldesleukin Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(al des LOO kin)

U.S. Brand Names


Canadian Brand Names


Pharmacologic Category

Antineoplastic Agent, Miscellaneous; Biological Response Modulator

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• This medicine is very strong. It may cause severe low blood pressure and damage to your organs. Tell healthcare provider if you have any heart or lung disease. Serious infections may occur following use of this medicine. Tell healthcare provider right away if you feel extremely sleepy or weak.

• Closely review the section in this leaflet which lists when to call healthcare provider. You will be closely monitored by healthcare provider.

• This medicine does not mix well with many medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to aldesleukin or any other part of this medicine.

• 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 have any of the following conditions: Bleeding from the stomach or intestines, coma, dialysis, fast heartbeat, heart disease, hole in the gastrointestinal tract, lung disease, organ transplant, or seizures.

• If you are breast-feeding.

How does it work?

• Aldesleukin helps the body's immune system fight cancer.

How is it best taken?

• This medicine is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.

• This medicine is given into a vein constantly for a period of time.

• Drink plenty of noncaffeine-containing liquid unless told to drink less liquid by healthcare provider.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Call healthcare provider for instructions.

What should I monitor?

• You will be monitored closely by healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• This medicine will be given to you in a healthcare setting. You will not store it at home.

General statements

• 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.

Created: 2007-04-11 08:34:59.0

Modified: 2010-03-19 13:16:09.0

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