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Bendeka is a medicine used to treat chronic (long-term) lymphocytic leukemia. Bendeka is also used to treat a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that has continued to worsen during or after treatment with another medicine. Bendeka is administered intravenously (directly into your vein).
How does this medication work?
Bendeka works by killing cancer cells.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: In studies, Bendeka has been shown to have a longer progression-free survival (the length of time during and after the treatment of a disease that a patient lives with the disease but it does not get worse) compared to another medicine.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's instructions.
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.
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
More common side effects may include: fever, nausea, vomiting.
More common side effects may include: nausea, tiredness, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, constipation, loss of appetite, cough, headache, decreased weight, difficulty breathing, rash, mouth sores.
Less common side effects of Bendeka may include:
Decreased blood cell counts, with symptoms such as shortness of breath, tiredness, bleeding, fever, or other signs of infection.
Infusion reactions, with symptoms such as fever, chills, itching, or rash.
Harm to your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Bendeka may also increase your risk of developing infections, cause skin reactions, or cause tumor lysis syndrome (a condition caused by a sudden breakdown of cancer cells) that may lead to kidney problems.
Your healthcare provider will not administer Bendeka 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 Bendeka. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially 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.
Your healthcare provider will administer Bendeka to you.
Bendeka is usually administered over 10 minutes on Days 1 and 2 of a 28-day cycle, up to 6 cycles.
Do not miss any scheduled follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider.
Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities without first checking with your healthcare provider.
If Bendeka is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Bendeka may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.
Bendeka can harm your unborn baby if you receive it during pregnancy. The effects of Bendeka during breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are receiving Bendeka. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
It is important that women who may become pregnant and men use effective birth control during treatment and for 3 months after therapy has stopped. Talk to your healthcare provider about reliable birth control.
Bendeka should be given under special circumstances determined by your healthcare provider. If you miss your scheduled dose, contact your healthcare provider 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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