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Zevalin Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is ibritumomab (Zevalin)?
- What are the possible side effects of ibritumomab (Zevalin)?
- What is the most important information I should know about ibritumomab (Zevalin)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving ibritumomab (Zevalin)?
- How is ibritumomab given (Zevalin)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Zevalin)?
- What happens if I overdose (Zevalin)?
- What should I avoid while receiving ibritumomab (Zevalin)?
- What other drugs will affect ibritumomab (Zevalin)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving ibritumomab (Zevalin)?
You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to ibritumomab, or to radioactive chemicals or mouse proteins.
To make sure you can safely take ibritumomab, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- liver disease;
- kidney disease;
- any type of infection;
- lung or breathing problems;
- bleeding or blood clotting problems;
- low platelet counts;
- low blood pressure; or
- a history of heart disease, heart attack, angina (chest pain), or irregular heart beats.
Some people receiving ibritumomab have developed "secondary" bone marrow or blood cell cancers such as leukemia. Talk with your doctor about your individual risk while receiving this medication.
Ibritumomab is made from human plasma (part of the blood) which may contain viruses and other infectious agents. Donated plasma is tested and treated to reduce the risk of it containing infectious agents, but there is still a small possibility it could transmit disease. Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using this medication.
FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use ibritumomab if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether ibritumomab passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not receive ibritumomab without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How is ibritumomab given (Zevalin)?
Ibritumomab is used in combination with rituximab (Rituxan) and a radioactive chemical. Ibritumomab is injected into a vein through an IV. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting.
Ibritumomab is usually given every 7 to 9 days. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Ibritumomab can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections. 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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