ABRAXANE 100mg AND WHAT IS IT USED FOR?
Abraxane is a medicine containing paclitaxel albumin. Albumin is a constituent of human blood. Paclitaxel belongs to the group of medicines called taxanes used to treat cancer.
Abraxane is used to treat breast cancer when other therapies have been tried but have not been successful, and if you do not qualify for anthracycline-containing therapy in question.
WHAT YOU NEED TO CONSIDER BEFORE USING IT?
Abraxane should not be used,
- if you are hypersensitive (allergic) to paclitaxel or any of the other ingredients of Abraxane;
- if you are breastfeeding;
- if your white blood cells are decreased (baseline neutrophil counts of <1.5 x 109 / l – your doctor will tell you).
Take special care with the use of Abraxane is required:
- if you have poor kidney function;
- if you experience numbness, tingling, tingling sensation, sensitivity to touch or muscle weakness occurs;
- if you suffer from severe liver problems;
- if you have heart problems;
- if you develop breathing problems such as shortness of breath or dry cough.
If any of these conditions to your home, your doctor may stop treatment or reduce the dose possibly.
Using Abraxane with other medicinal products
Please inform your doctor if you take other medicines / taking or have recently taken /, even if it is not prescribed, as they could possibly cause an interaction with Abraxane.
Using Abraxane with food and beverages
Food and drink do not affect Abraxane.
pregnancy and breast feeding period
Paclitaxel probably caused serious birth defects and should therefore not be used in case of pregnancy.
Women of childbearing potential should use effective contraception during and up to 1 month after treatment with Abraxane. Male patients treated with Abraxane is advised, during and up to six months to father a child after treatment. They should seek advice based on the treatment of sperm preservation, because there through the Abraxane treatment, the possibility of permanent infertility.
It is not known whether paclitaxel is excreted in human milk. Due to the potential harmful effects to the infant, breast-feeding should be discontinued during treatment.
Ask. Before taking this medicine your doctor for advice
Driving and using machines
Abraxane may cause side effects such as tiredness (very common) and dizziness (common) that may affect the ability to drive and the ability to operate machinery. If such symptoms occur, do not drive or operate machinery until they are completely gone.
If you receive other medicines as part of your treatment, you should take advice regarding driving or operating machinery by your doctor.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Abraxane
A dose of the drug contains about 425 mg sodium. If you are on a controlled sodium diet, you should take this into account.
HOW IS IT USED?
Abraxane is given to you by a doctor or a nurse from a bag into a vein. The dose you receive is based on the size of your body surface area and on the results of blood tests. The usual dose is 260 mg per m2 body surface.
How often will you receive Abraxane?
Abraxane is usually given every three weeks.
How long is the intravenous infusion on you?
Abraxane is added over a period of 30 minutes.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor.