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Why is this medication prescribed?
Tafasitamab-cxix injection is used in adults along with lenalidomide (Revlimid) to treat certain types of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (types of cancer that begin in a type of white blood cells that normally fights infection) that have returned or that did not respond to other treatments in those who cannot receive a stem cell transplant. Tafasitamab-cxix injection is in a class of medications called monoclonal antibodies. It works by helping the body to slow or stop the growth of cancer cells.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before receiving tafasitamab-cxix,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to tafasitamab-cxix, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in tafasitamab-cxix injection. Ask your pharmacist for a list of the ingredients.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
- tell your doctor if you have an infection or if you have or have ever had an infection that keeps coming back.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. You should use birth control to prevent pregnancy during your treatment with tafasitamab-cxix and for at least 3 months after your final dose. Talk to your doctor about types of birth control that will work for you. If you become pregnant while receiving tafasitamab-cxix injection, call your doctor.
- tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed during your treatment with tafasitamab-cxix and for 3 months after your final dose.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Tafasitamab-cxix may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- loss of appetite
- back pain
- muscle spasms
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately or get emergency medical treatment:
- sore throat, fever, chills, cough, burning or painful urination, or other signs of infection
- fever or unusual bruising or bleeding
- pale skin, fatigue, or shortness of breath
Tafasitamab-cxix may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while receiving this medication.
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call the poison control helpline at 1-800-222-1222. Information is also available online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. If the victim has collapsed, had a seizure, has trouble breathing, or can't be awakened, immediately call emergency services at 911.