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Darzalex is a medicine used to treat a type of cancer called multiple myeloma in people who have previously received certain treatment for multiple myeloma. Darzalex is administered intravenously (directly into your vein).
How does this medication work?
Darzalex works by inhibiting 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, Darzalex may help to improve your condition.
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.
More common side effects may include: infusion reactions, tiredness, nausea, back pain, fever, cough, upper respiratory infection.
Less common side effects may include:
Infusion reactions, with symptoms such as cough, wheezing, throat tightness or irritation, or stuffy or runny nose.
Darzalex may affect the results of certain blood tests.
Your healthcare provider will not administer Darzalex 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 Darzalex. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of breathing problems, have had shingles (a painful skin rash caused by the virus that causes chickenpox), 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 Darzalex for you.
It is important that women who may become pregnant use effective birth control during treatment and for 3 months after stopping treatment.
Do not miss any scheduled follow-up appointments.
No significant interactions have been reported with Darzalex at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Darzalex may harm your unborn baby if you receive it during pregnancy. The effects of Darzalex during breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
Darzalex 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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