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Halaven is a medicine used to treat people with breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, and who have already received certain types of anticancer medicines after their cancer has spread. Halaven is also used to treat liposarcoma that cannot be treated with surgery or has spread to other parts of the body in people who have received certain other treatment. Halaven is administered intravenously (injected directly into a vein).
How does this medication work?
Halaven works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells in the body.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: In studies, Halaven has been shown to help people live longer when compared with other chemotherapy treatments or hormone therapies.
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: low red or white blood cell counts; weakness or tiredness; hair loss; numbness, pain, or tingling in your hands or feet; nausea; constipation.
More common side effects may include: tiredness; nausea; hair loss; constipation; numbness, pain, or tingling in your hands or feet; abdominal (stomach area) pain; fever.
Less common side effects of Halaven may include:
Harm to your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Halaven may also cause changes in your heartbeat.
Your healthcare provider will not administer Halaven 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 Halaven. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver or kidney problems, heart problems (including a condition called long QT syndrome), low potassium or low magnesium levels in your blood, 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 height and weight.
If you have kidney or liver impairment, your healthcare provider may adjust your dose appropriately.
Your healthcare provider will administer Halaven to you.
Halaven is given in "cycles" of treatment, with each cycle lasting 21 days.
Halaven is usually given on Day 1 and Day 8 of a treatment cycle.
It is important that women who may become pregnant use effective birth control during treatment and for at least 2 weeks following the final dose. Men with women partners who may become pregnant should also use effective birth control during treatment and for 3.5 months following the final dose.
Do not miss any scheduled follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider.
No significant interactions have been reported with Halaven at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Halaven can harm your unborn baby if you receive it during pregnancy. The effects of Halaven during breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are receiving Halaven and for 2 weeks after the final dose. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
Halaven 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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