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Simulect Patient Information including How Should I Take

What should I discuss with my health care provider before receiving basiliximab (Simulect)?

You should not use basiliximab if you are allergic to it.

To make sure you can safely receive basiliximab, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • cancer;
  • diabetes;
  • high cholesterol; or
  • an electrolyte imbalance (such as high or low levels of potassium in your blood);

FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether basiliximab passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using basiliximab.

How is basiliximab given (Simulect)?

Basiliximab is injected into a vein through an IV. You will receive this injection just before your transplant and again 4 days afterward. Basiliximab must be given slowly, and the IV infusion can take up to 30 minutes to complete.

Basiliximab can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections and help your blood clot. This can make it easier for you to bleed from an injury or get sick from being around others who are ill. Your blood may need to be tested often. Visit your doctor regularly.

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