Avelumab Injection 20 mg/mL
For treating cancer.
This medicine will be given to you at the hospital or infusion center.
This is an IV medicine. It is given through a sterile tube directly into the vein by a healthcare provider.
This medicine is given gradually through the IV line.
This medicine should be given over 60 minutes.
It is important that you keep taking each dose of this medicine on time even if you are feeling well.
If you miss a dose, contact your doctor for instructions.
Please tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the medicines you take. Include both prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Also tell them about any vitamins, herbal medicines, or anything else you take for your health.
Your doctor may prescribe other medications to reduce side effects. Follow instructions carefully.
Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine. Check with your doctor before stopping.
It is very important that you follow your doctor's instructions for all blood tests.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include trouble breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness.
Some patients taking this medicine have experienced serious side effects. Please speak with your doctor to understand the risks and benefits associated with this medicine.
Your ability to stay alert or to react quickly may be impaired by this medicine. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how this medicine will affect you.
Please check with your doctor before drinking alcohol while on this medicine.
Tell the doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant, or breastfeeding.
Do not breastfeed while on this medicine. You may safely start breastfeeding 1 month after stopping treatment.
This medicine can hurt a new baby in the womb. If you become pregnant while on this medicine, tell your doctor immediately. Your doctor may switch you to a different medicine.
Women must use reliable forms of birth control while taking this medicine and for 1 month after stopping to prevent pregnancy.
Ask your pharmacist if this medicine can interact with any of your other medicines. Be sure to tell them about all the medicines you take.
Please tell all your doctors and dentists that you are on this medicine before they provide care.
Do not start or stop any other medicines without first speaking to your doctor or pharmacist.
This medicine can cause serious side effects in some patients. Important information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is available from your pharmacist. Please review it carefully with your pharmacist to understand the risks associated with this medicine.
The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.
- decreased appetite
- lack of energy and tiredness
Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:
- bleeding that is severe or takes longer to stop
- unusual bruising or discoloration on skin
- chest pain
- severe, watery or bloody diarrhea
- swelling of the legs, feet, and hands
- eye pain or redness
- fast or irregular heart beats
- slow heartbeat
- pain in the joints
- signs of kidney damage (such as bloody or bubbly urine, or changes in urine color or amount)
- symptoms of liver damage (such as yellowing of skin or eyes, dark urine, unusual tiredness or weakness; severe stomach or back pain)
- mouth sores or irritation
- muscle pain
- muscle weakness
- sensitivity to light
- shortness of breath
- red, peeling or blistering skin
- severe stomach or bowel pain
- excessive thirst
- unusual or unexplained tiredness or weakness
- increased urinary frequency
- blurring or changes of vision
- sudden or unexplained weight gain
- weight loss
A few people may have an allergic reactions to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.
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there is to know about it.Your doctor or pharmacist may give you other documents about your medicine.
Please talk to them if you have any questions.Always follow their advice. There is a more complete
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