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Advise patients of the possibility of serious bleeding due to low platelet counts. Instruct patients to report immediately any signs or symptoms suggestive of hemorrhage (unusual bleeding, easy bruising or blood in urine or stool; confusion, slurred speech, or altered vision).
Advise patients of the likelihood that SYNRIBO will cause a decrease in white blood cells, platelets, and red blood cells and that monitoring of these parameters will be needed. Instruct patients to contact a health care professional if they develop a fever, or other signs/symptoms of infection; shortness of breath, significant fatigue, or bleeding.
Advise patients with diabetes of the possibility of hyperglycemia and the need for careful monitoring of blood glucose levels. Patients with poorly controlled diabetes mellitus should not be treated with omacetaxine mepesuccinate until good glycemic control has been established.
- Pregnancy and Nursing
Advise patients that omacetaxine mepesuccinate can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Advise females of reproductive potential of the potential hazard to the fetus and to avoid becoming pregnant. Advise females to avoid nursing while receiving SYNRIBO.
- Gastrointestinal Complaints
Advise patients that they may experience nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, constipation, and vomiting. If these symptoms persist, they should seek medical attention.
Advise patients that SYNRIBO may cause tiredness and to avoid driving any vehicle or operating any dangerous tools or machinery if they experience this side effect.
Advise patients that they may experience skin rash. Advise patients to immediately report severe or worsening rash or itching.
Advise patients that they may experience hair loss.
Last reviewed on RxList: 2/20/2014
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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