This medicine, like all medicines used to treat cancer, is very strong. Make sure you understand why you are getting it and what the risks and benefits of treatment are. It is important for you to work closely with your doctor.
Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it will be given.
Your medicine will be given directly into a vein usually in your arm or chest. This is called intravenous (in-tra-VEEN-us), or IV.
A nurse or other caregiver trained to give cancer drugs will give you your treatments.
Do not get the medicine on your skin. If this happens, wash the area with soap and water, and tell your caregiver right away.
If a dose is missed:
If you miss a dose, call your doctor, home health caregiver, or the clinic where you have your treatments for instructions.
If you have your treatments at a clinic, the staff at the clinic will keep your medicine there.
If you have your treatments at home, you may need to store your medicine. Keep the IV liquid away from heat and light. If you keep the IV liquid in the refrigerator, it must be used within 2 days. If the liquid is kept at room temperature, it must be used within 24 hours.
Keep all medicine away from children.
If you have your treatments at home, you should be given a special container for the used needles, medicine bag or bottles, and tubes. Put it where children or pets cannot reach it.