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. This medicine needs to be given slowly, so the needle will remain in place for at least an hour.
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.
If you plan to have children, talk with your doctor before using this medicine. This medicine may prevent you from getting pregnant for a short time.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are breastfeeding, or if you have lung problems or trouble with breathing.
This medicine may cause serious skin problems that may lead to infections that may become life-threatening. Tell your doctor right away if you have a skin rash, itchiness, skin redness or swelling, dry skin, peeling skin or fissures, or fingernail changes while using this medicine.
This medicine may cause a serious side effect called an infusion reaction. This can be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention. Tell your doctor or nurse right away if you have fever, chills, trouble with breathing, chest tightness, swelling in your face or hands, lightheadedness, or if you feel like fainting within a few hours after you receive it.
Check with your doctor right away if you have any changes to your eyes, such as redness, itching, swelling, or vision changes while you are using this medicine. Your doctor may want you to have your eyes checked by an eye doctor.
This medicine may cause diarrhea and dehydration when used with other cancer medicines. This may also cause you to have an electrolyte problem, such as low magnesium, potassium, or calcium in the blood. Tell your doctor right away if you start having muscle cramps or twitching, mood or mental changes, or unusual tiredness or weakness while using this medicine.
Your doctor will need to check your blood at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
This medicine may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Use a sunscreen when you are outdoors. Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds.