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Jevtana is an anticancer medicine used in combination with prednisone to treat prostate cancer in people who previously received certain other medications. Jevtana is administered as intravenous (into your vein) injections.
How does this medication work?
Jevtana is thought to work 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: By stopping the growth of cancer cells, Jevtana may help to relieve your symptoms associated with cancer.
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.
Jevtana may cause life-threatening neutropenia (a decrease in the number of white blood cells that fight infection). Your healthcare provider will do routine blood tests during treatment with Jevtana and will monitor your white blood cell counts. Your healthcare provider will not administer Jevtana to you if you have low white blood cell counts.
Jevtana can cause serious allergic reactions, with symptoms such as rash, redness, low blood pressure, and airway narrowing. Tell your healthcare provider if you have a history of severe allergic reactions to Jevtana or to other medicines that contain polysorbate 80. Your healthcare provider may prescribe other medicines before administering Jevtana.
More common side effects may include: low red blood cell or platelet (a type of blood cell that forms clots to help stop bleeding) counts; diarrhea; tiredness; nausea; vomiting; constipation; lack of strength; abdominal (stomach area) pain; blood in your urine; back pain; loss of appetite; numbness, pain, or tingling in your hands or feet; fever; shortness of breath; changes in your taste; cough; joint pain; hair loss.
Less common side effects may include:
Harm to your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant while receiving Jevtana.
Jevtana may also cause kidney failure and lung or breathing problems.
Your healthcare provider will not administer Jevtana to you if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or to other medicines that contain polysorbate 80.
Your healthcare provider will not administer Jevtana to you if you have low white blood cell counts.
Your healthcare provider will not administer Jevtana to you if you have severe liver impairment.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Jevtana. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney or liver problems, lung 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 based on your height and weight.
Your healthcare provider will administer Jevtana to you.
Jevtana is usually given once every 3 weeks. Each treatment with Jevtana may take about 1 hour.
To lower the chance of an allergic reaction, you will receive other medicines (such as dexamethasone) before each treatment with Jevtana. Always follow your healthcare provider's instructions.
Do not miss any scheduled follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider.
If Jevtana is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Jevtana may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.
Jevtana is not for use in women.
Jevtana 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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