How to use Durvalumab Solution
This medication is given by a health care professional. It is injected slowly into a vein over 60 minutes as directed by your doctor, usually once every 2 to 4 weeks. This medication may cause a serious reaction during the injection. Tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms such as chills, flushing, itching, dizziness, or shortness of breath.
Your doctor may stop your treatment for some time if you get serious side effects. Your doctor may also prescribe other medications (including corticosteroids such as prednisone) to treat side effects.
To get the most benefit, do not miss any doses. To help you remember, mark the days on the calendar when you need to receive the medication.
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People using this medication may have serious side effects. However, you have been prescribed this drug because your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Careful monitoring by your doctor may decrease your risk.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: signs of liver disease (such as nausea/vomiting that doesn't stop, stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine), new/worsening cough, diarrhea, blood/mucus in your stool, eye/vision problems (such as blurred vision, vision changes, eye pain), headache that is severe or doesn't go away, stiff/painful neck, unusual weight gain/loss, mental/mood changes (such as confusion), cold or heat intolerance, fast/slow/pounding/irregular heartbeat, increased thirst/urination, muscle weakness, numbness/tingling of arms/legs, easy bruising/bleeding, burning/painful/urgent urination, signs of kidney problems (such as pink/bloody urine, change in the amount of urine).
Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: chest pain, shortness of breath.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: fever, swollen lymph nodes, rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Before using durvalumab, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Durvalumab can make you more likely to get infections or may worsen any current infections. Avoid contact with people who have infections that may spread to others (such as chickenpox, measles, flu). Consult your doctor if you have been exposed to an infection or for more details.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. You should not become pregnant while using durvalumab. Durvalumab may harm an unborn baby. Ask about reliable forms of birth control while using this medication and for at least 3 months after stopping treatment. If you become pregnant, talk to your doctor right away about the risks and benefits of this medication.
It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Because of the possible risk to the infant, breast-feeding is not recommended while using this drug and for at least 3 months after the last dose. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Consult your pharmacist or physician.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
Not applicable. This medication is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.