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 tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Your dose may need to be changed several times in order to find out what works best for you. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it. If contact with broken or crushed tablets occurs, wash your hands immediately.
If a dose is missed:
This medicine needs to be given on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose, call your doctor for instructions.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have liver disease.
Your doctor may want you to carry an identification card or wear a bracelet stating that you are taking this medicine.
Check with your doctor right away if you get a serious injury, infection, or illness of any kind. This medicine may weaken your body's defenses against infection or inflammation.
Adrenal insufficiency may develop in patients using this medicine. Check with your doctor right away if you have more than one of the following symptoms: darkening of the skin; diarrhea; dizziness; fainting; loss of appetite; mental depression; nausea; skin rash; unusual tiredness or weakness; or vomiting.
This medicine may make you dizzy, drowsy, or less alert than they are normally. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
This medicine may cause some people to have changes in their behavior or memory, or to become depressed. This usually occurs in people who take this medicine for more than 2 years. If you or your caregiver notice any changes in behavior while you are taking this medicine, talk to your doctor right away.