Medicines used to treat cancer are very strong and can have many side effects. Before receiving this medicine, make sure you understand all the risks and benefits. It is important for you to work closely with your doctor during your treatment.
Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
You will receive this medicine while you are in a hospital or cancer treatment center. A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
If a dose is missed:
This medicine needs to be given on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose, call your doctor, home health caregiver, or treatment clinic for instructions.
Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.
While you are using this medicine, use two forms of birth control to avoid getting pregnant. Keep using two forms of birth control for at least 6 months after your treatment ends.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, blood pressure problems, or heart disease. Tell your doctor if you have a history of heart attack or stroke.
This medicine may increase your chance of having bleeding problems. Stop using this medicine and tell your doctor right away if you start to notice any signs of bleeding.
This medicine may increase your chance of having blood clots or a brain condition called reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome (RPLS). Stop using this medicine and tell your doctor right away if you develop chest pain, sudden and severe headaches, fainting spells, seizures, unusual drowsiness, confusion, or problems with vision, speech, or walking while you are using this medicine.
Tell your doctor right away if you are having severe stomach pain with constipation, fever, nausea, and vomiting. These could be symptoms of a serious medical condition.
This medicine may also increase your risk of having a serious condition called tracheoesophageal fistula (an abnormal connection in one or more places between the esophagus and the trachea). Tell your doctor right away if you start having trouble swallowing, coughing or choking while eating, trouble breathing, or chest pain or discomfort while you are using this medicine.
This medicine may affect the way your body heals from cuts and wounds. Make sure any doctor who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. You may need to stop using this medicine several weeks before and after having surgery.
This medicine lowers the number of some types of blood cells in your body. Because of this, you may bleed or get infections more easily. To help with these problems, avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Wash your hands often. Stay away from rough sports or other situations where you could be bruised, cut, or injured. Brush and floss your teeth gently. Be careful when using sharp objects, including razors and fingernail clippers.
This medicine may cause a serious side effect called an infusion reaction. This can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Tell your doctor or nurse right away if you have fever, chills, trouble with breathing, lightheadedness, fainting, or chest pain within a few hours after you receive it.
Your doctor will need to check your urine and blood pressure at regular visits while you are receiving this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments. You may be taught how to check your blood pressure at home.