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Provenge

Provenge Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Provenge

Generic Name: sipuleucel-T (Pronunciation: SI pu LOO sel tee)

What is sipuleucel-T (Provenge)?

Sipuleucel-T contains a protein that stimulates the body's immune system to help it respond against certain cancer cells.

Sipuleucel-T is used to treat advanced prostate cancer in men.

Sipuleucel-T is mixed with certain immune cells drawn from your own blood, and the mixture is later injected into your body. This type of treatment is called autologous (ah-TAL-oh-gus) immunotherapy.

Sipuleucel-T is usually given after surgery or other medications have been tried without successful treatment.

Sipuleucel-T may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of sipuleucel-T (Provenge)?

Some people receiving a sipuleucel-T injection have had a reaction to the infusion (when the medicine is injected into the vein). Tell your caregiver right away if you feel dizzy, tired, or nauseated, or if you have fever, chills, joint pain, severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, vomiting, chest pain, fast or uneven heartbeats, wheezing, chest tightness, or trouble breathing. These side effects may occur during the injection or within the first 24 hours after your infusion.

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have any other serious side effect, such as:

  • fever;
  • redness, swelling, oozing, or other signs of infection where the IV needle was placed; or
  • signs of infection around the veins your cells were collected from.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • back pain;
  • mild nausea;
  • headache; or
  • mild body aches.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the Provenge (sipuleucel-t suspension for intravenous infusion) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about sipuleucel-T (Provenge)?

Before you are treated with sipuleucel-T, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, especially heart disease, asthma, COPD or other breathing problems, or if you have ever had a stroke.

Sipuleucel-T is used in a treatment called autologous (ah-TAL-oh-gus) immunotherapy. Sipuleucel-T is mixed with certain immune cells drawn from your own blood, and this mixture is injected into your body.

Your doctor will determine your schedule for cell collection and sipuleucel-T injection. Follow your doctor's instructions very carefully. The timing of cell collection in relation to sipuleucel-T infusion is extremely important. If you miss an infusion appointment your prepared infusion cannot be used in the future.

Some people receiving a sipuleucel-T injection have had a reaction to the infusion (when the medicine is injected into the vein). Tell your caregiver right away if you feel dizzy, tired, or nauseated, or if you have fever, chills, joint pain, severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, vomiting, chest pain, fast or uneven heartbeats, wheezing, chest tightness, or trouble breathing. These side effects may occur during the injection or within the first 24 hours after your infusion.

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