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Campath is an anticancer medicine used to treat B-cell chronic (long-term) lymphocytic leukemia. Campath is administered intravenously (directly into a vein).
How does this medication work?
Campath targets a certain area on leukemia cells, thereby allowing the body's immune system to help attack the leukemia.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Clinical studies have shown that people receiving Campath had significantly increased survival rate compared to people who did not receive Campath.
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.
Campath may cause cytopenia (low blood cell counts). Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have symptoms such as bleeding, easy bruising, red or purple discoloration of the skin, paleness, weakness, or tiredness. Your healthcare provider will monitor your blood count before and during treatment with Campath.
Serious, life-threatening infusion reactions may occur within 24 hours of receiving Campath, with symptoms such as fever, chills, rash, vomiting, breathing problems, or low blood pressure. Your healthcare provider may prescribe you certain medicines, such as acetaminophen and diphenhydramine, before administering Campath to prevent infusion reactions.
Campath can increase your risk of developing serious, life-threatening infections. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you have symptoms of an infection such as a fever; sweats or chills; cough or flu-like symptoms; muscle aches; or warm, red, or painful areas on your skin. Your healthcare provider may prescribe you antibiotics and antiviral medicines during and at least 2 months after treatment with Campath to prevent infections.
Common side effects may include: infusion reactions, low blood cell counts, infections, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, trouble sleeping.
Your healthcare provider will not administer Campath 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 Campath. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have an irregular heartbeat; history of a heart attack, heart or breathing problems; 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.
Your healthcare provider will administer Campath to you.
Use effective forms of contraception while you are receiving Campath and at least 6 months after the last dose. Talk to your healthcare provider about effective forms of contraception.
Do not miss any scheduled follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider.
Do not receive any live vaccines during your treatment with Campath. Talk to your healthcare provider about what vaccines to avoid.
No significant interactions have been reported with Campath at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
The effects of Campath during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are receiving Campath. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plant to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
Campath 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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