Ipilimumab is used to treat various cancers (such as skin, kidney, liver, lung, colorectal). Ipilimumab belongs to a class of drugs known as monoclonal antibodies. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells. However, it can have serious side effects in other parts of your body (see also Side Effects section).
How to use
Read the Medication Guide and Patient Wallet Card provided by your pharmacist before you start using ipilimumab and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Carry the Patient Wallet Card with you at all times. Show the card to all of your health care providers to let them know that you are being treated with ipilimumab.
This medication is given by injection into a vein as directed by your doctor, usually by slow injection over 30 or 90 minutes. The injection is given by a health care professional. The dosage and treatment schedule are based on your medical condition, weight, and response to treatment.
To decrease the risk of side effects, your doctor may prescribe other medications to take along with this medication. Carefully follow your doctor's directions for all your medications.
Infusion reactions may occur while you are receiving this drug. Tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms such as shortness of breath, feeling faint, dizziness, or fever.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. It may help to mark your calendar with a reminder.
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