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Farydak is a medicine used in combination with other medicines to treat a type of cancer called multiple myeloma in people who have tried other medicines.
How does this medication work?
Farydak is thought to work by stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Farydak used in combination with certain other medicines has been shown to slow the progression of multiple myeloma.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's instructions. It is important that you take Farydak exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
Your healthcare provider may order certain tests 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.
Farydak may cause severe diarrhea. Notify your healthcare provider if you experience abdominal (stomach) cramps, loose stools, or diarrhea, or if you feel like you are becoming dehydrated.
Farydak may also cause severe, life-threatening heart problems, including severe heart rhythm problems. Your healthcare provider may order certain tests to monitor your heart before and during treatment with Farydak. Notify your healthcare provider right away if you experience chest pain, faster or slower heart beat, palpitations (feel like your heart is racing), feeling lightheaded or faint, dizziness, blue-colored lips, shortness of breath, or swelling in your legs.
More common side effects may include: diarrhea, tiredness, nausea, swelling in your arms or legs, decreased appetite, fever, vomiting.
Less common side effects may include:
Severe bleeding, with symptoms such as blood in your stools or black stools, pink or brown urine, unexpected bleeding or bleeding that is severe or that you cannot control, vomiting or coughing up blood, increased bruising, feeling dizzy or weak, confusion, changes in your speech, or a headache that lasts a long time.
Low blood cell counts, with symptoms such as unusual bleeding or bruising under your skin, infections, feeling weak or tired, paleness, or shortness of breath.
Increased risk of infections, with symptoms such as fever, sweats or chills, cough, or flu-like symptoms.
Liver problems, with symptoms such as feeling tired or weak, loss of appetite, dark-colored urine, upper abdominal (stomach) pain, or yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.
Harm to your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
Do not take Farydak 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 Farydak. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have diarrhea, heart problems, a history of bleeding problems, an infection, or liver 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: The recommended starting dose is 20 milligrams once every other day (3 doses per week) in weeks 1 and 2 of a 21-day cycle.
Your healthcare provider may adjust your dose as needed.
If you have liver impairment or take certain other medicines, your healthcare provider may adjust your dose appropriately.
Take Farydak exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Farydak without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Take Farydak at about the same time each scheduled day, either with or without food.
Swallow Farydak whole with a cup of water. Do not open, crush, or chew the capsules.
It is important that females use effective birth control while taking Farydak and for at least 3 months after the last dose of Farydak. It is important that men use condoms while on treatment and for 6 months after their last dose.
Do not allow direct contact of the powder in the Farydak capsules with your skin or eyes. If you accidentally get powder on your skin, wash the area with soap and water. If you accidentally get powder in your eyes, flush your eyes with water.
Do not eat grapefruit, star fruit, or pomegranate, nor drink grapefruit juice or pomegranate juice while taking Farydak.
If Farydak is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Farydak may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.
Farydak can harm your unborn baby if you take it during pregnancy. Do not become pregnant or breastfeed while you are taking Farydak. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Farydak, take it as soon as possible (up to 12 hours after the time the dose should have been taken). If you vomit after taking Farydak, do not take another dose, and return to your regular dosing schedule.
Store at room temperature. Protect from light.
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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