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Beleodaq is a medicine used to treat a type of cancer called T-cell lymphoma. Beleodaq is administered intravenously (directly into a vein).
How does this medication work?
Beleodaq is thought to work by stopping the growth of cancer cells.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: By inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, Beleodaq may help to treat your condition.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions.
How do I know it is working?
Your healthcare provider may order tests regularly to check how well this medication is working.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: nausea, tiredness, fever, anemia (low red blood cell counts), vomiting.
Less common side effects may include:
Low blood cell counts, such as low platelet (a type of blood cell that forms clots to help stop bleeding) or white blood cell counts.
Liver problems, with symptoms such as itching, dark urine, upper stomach-area pain, or yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.
Tumor lysis syndrome (a condition caused by a sudden breakdown of cancer cells) leading to kidney and heart problems, with symptoms such as nausea, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, clouding of urine, or tiredness.
Harm to your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
Your healthcare provider will not administer Beleodaq to you if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Beleodaq. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver or kidney problems; nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; an infection; have had chemotherapy treatment; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you, based on your body weight and height.
Your healthcare provider will administer Beleodaq to you.
Beleodaq is usually administered over 30 minutes once a day on Days 1 to 5 of a 21-day cycle. Cycles may be repeated every 21 days, as directed by your healthcare provider.
Do not miss any scheduled follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider.
Do not become pregnant while you are receiving Beleodaq.
If Beleodaq is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Beleodaq may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.
Beleodaq may harm your unborn baby if you receive it during pregnancy. Do not breastfeed while you are receiving Beleodaq. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
Beleodaq should be given under special circumstances determined by your healthcare provider. If you miss your scheduled dose, contact your healthcare provider or pharmacist for advice.
Your healthcare provider will store this medication for you.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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