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   Alemtuzumab

Alemtuzumab
(injection) (injectable)


Treats leukemia.

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Campath
 
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Alemtuzumab
Campath
Uses
Treats leukemia.

Storage
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.


How To Use
  • APPEARANCE: Injectable. 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. 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.
  • It may also be given by a home health caregiver. 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. Each dose is given slowly, so the needle will remain in place for about 2 hours.
  • This medicine is usually given every day for 3 to 7 days, then 3 times a week for up to 12 weeks. You may need to use other medicines to help prevent some side effects of this medicine and decrease the risk of infection.
  • Take all medicines exactly as your doctor has prescribed.
  • You may need to continue these other medicines even after you finish treatment with alemtuzumab. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Side Effects
  • Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects: Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in face or hands, swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat, tightness in chest, trouble breathing Lightheadedness or fainting, fever, chills, shivering, sweating, trouble breathing, or rash Unusual bleeding, bruising, tiredness, or weakness

Precautions
  • You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to alemtuzumab or if you have any type of infection or problem with your immune system.

Missed Dose
  • 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.

Drug Interactions
  • This medicine may cause birth defects if it is used by the mother while she is pregnant or by the father when his sexual partner becomes pregnant.
  • If a pregnancy occurs while you are using this medicine, tell your doctor right away. Use two forms of birth control to avoid pregnancy while you are using this medicine and for at least 6 months after your treatment ends.
  • This is very important whether you are a man or a woman. Do not breastfeed while you are being treated with this medicine or for at least 3 months after you receive your last dose. Make sure your doctor knows if you have heart disease. Cancer medicines can cause nausea and/or vomiting in most people, sometimes even after receiving medicines to prevent it.
  • Ask your doctor or nurse about other ways to control these side effects. 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. Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine.
  • Be sure to keep all appointments.

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