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Discuss the following with patients prior to treatment with Kyprolis:
Instruct patients to contact their physician if they develop any of the following symptoms: fever, chills, rigors, chest pain, cough, or swelling of the feet or legs, bleeding, bruising, weakness, headaches, confusion, seizures, or visual loss.
Advise patients that Kyprolis may cause fatigue, dizziness, fainting, and/or drop in blood pressure. Advise patients not to drive or operate machinery if they experience any of these symptoms.
Advise patients that they may experience shortness of breath (dyspnea) during treatment with Kyprolis. This most commonly occurs within a day of dosing. Advise patients to contact their physicians if they experience shortness of breath.
Counsel patients to avoid dehydration, since patients receiving Kyprolis therapy may experience vomiting and/or diarrhea. Instruct patients to seek medical advice if they experience symptoms of dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting spells.
Counsel females of reproductive potential to use effective contraceptive measures to prevent pregnancy during treatment with Kyprolis. Advise the patient that if she becomes pregnant during treatment, to contact her physician immediately. Advise patients not to take Kyprolis treatment while pregnant or breastfeeding. If a patient wishes to restart breastfeeding after treatment, advise her to discuss the appropriate timing with her physician.
Advise patients to discuss with their physician any medication they are currently taking prior to starting treatment with Kyprolis, or prior to starting any new medication(s) during treatment with Kyprolis.
Last reviewed on RxList: 9/14/2015
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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