SIDE EFFECTS OF IMBRUVICA USES & PRECAUTION
SIDE EFFECTS OF IMBRUVICA USES & PRECAUTION. Imbruvica is a drug used alone or with other drugs to treat adults with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, small lymphocytic lymphoma, or Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia. It is also used alone to treat adults with mantle cell lymphoma or marginal zone lymphoma who have received at least one other treatment
- Imbruvica (ibrutinib) is a cancer medicine that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.
- Imbruvica is used to treat mantle cell lymphoma, marginal zone lymphoma, Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and small lymphocytic lymphoma.
- This medication is used to treat certain cancers (such as mantle cell or marginal zone lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma, Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia. Ibrutinib belongs to a class of drugs known as kinase inhibitors. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer
- Imbruvica is also used to treat a certain problem that may occur after a stem cell transplant (chronic graft versus host disease). It works by weakening your body’s defense system (immune system)
PRECAUTIONS BEFORE TAKING IMBRUVICA
- The dosage is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, and other medicatons you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescribtion drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
- Do not increase your dose or take this medication more often than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of serious side effects will increase.
- Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while using this medication unless your doctor or pharmacist says you may do so safely. Also avoid eating Seville oranges (often found in marmalade). Grapefruit and Seville oranges can increase the chance of side effects with this medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
- Since this drug can be absorbed through the skin and lungs and may harm an unborn baby, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle this medication or breathe the dust from the capsules.
- Do not open, break, or chew the Imbruvica capsules. Do not cut, crush, or chew the tablets. Swallow both tablets and capsules whole.
- If you need surgery or dental work, tell your surgeon or dentist you currently use this medicine. You may need to stop for a short time.
- Call your doctor if you have severe or ongoing diarrhea. You can easily become dehydrated while taking Imbruvica.
Before taking Imbruvica make sure you’re not going through any of the following;
- Liver disease
- An active infection
- A bleeding or blood clotting disorder
- A heart rhythm disorder
- Risk factors for heart disease (such as diabetes, smoking, being overweight, having high blood pressure or high cholesterol).
COMMON SIDE EFFECTS OF IMBRUVICA
- Decreased neutrophils
- Decreased hemaglobin
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Upper respiratory tract infection
RARE SIDE EFFECTS OF IMBRUVICA
- Shortness of breath
- Abdominal Pain
- Loss of appetite
- Urinary tract infection
- Skin infections
- Muscles spasms
- Nose Bleeds