Arzerra Injection

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Introduction

Arzerra Injection is used in the treatment of blood cancer (chronic lymphocytic leukemia). It binds to receptors on cancer cells. Thus it flags the cancer cells for destruction by the body's immune system.

Arzerra Injection is given as an injection into the veins under the supervision of a doctor. Your doctor will decide what dose is necessary and how often you need to take it. This will depend on what you are being treated for and may change from time to time. You should take it exactly as your doctor has advised. Taking it in the wrong way or taking too much can cause very serious side effects. It may take several weeks or months for you to see or feel the benefits but do not stop taking it unless your doctor tells you to.

The most common side effects of this medicine include nausea, diarrhea, breathlessness, cough, etc. Let your doctor know if any of these side effects bothers you pr persists for a longer duration of time. Regular blood tests are required to check your blood cells along with heart, liver and kidney function.

Before taking it, tell your doctor if you have heart disease, liver, or kidney problems or are taking any medicines to treat infections. Many other medicines can affect, or be affected by, this medicine so let your doctor know all medications you are using. This medicine is not recommended during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Use of effective contraception by both males and females during treatment is important to avoid pregnancy.

Benefits of Arzerra Injection

In Blood cancer (Chronic lymphocytic leukemia)

Blood cancer, also called leukemia, is a cancer of the blood-forming tissues, that decreases the body's ability to fight infection. Arzerra Injection kills or stops the growth of cancer cells and also prevents the multiplication of cancer cells. It is an effective medicine but you should discuss the side effects and benefits of this medicine with your doctor. Let your doctor know if any of the side effects bothers you.

Side effects of Arzerra Injection

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Arzerra

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Breathlessness
  • Cough
  • Flushing of skin
  • Low energy
  • Skin rash

How to use Arzerra Injection

Your doctor or nurse will give you this medicine. Kindly do not self administer.

How Arzerra Injection works

Arzerra Injection is a monoclonal antibody. It specifically binds to receptors on cancer cells. Thus it flags the cancer cells for destruction by the body's immune system.

Safety advice

Alcohol
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Arzerra Injection. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Arzerra Injection may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breast feeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Arzerra Injection is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Driving
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether Arzerra Injection alters the ability to drive. Do not drive if you experience any symptoms that affect your ability to concentrate and react.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Arzerra Injection is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Arzerra Injection is recommended.
Liver
UNSAFE
Arzerra Injection is probably unsafe to use in patients with liver disease and should be avoided. Please consult your doctor.

All substitutes

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Quick tips

  • Arzerra Injection is given as an IV infusion under the supervision of a doctor.
  • Do not skip any dose and complete the course as suggested by your doctor.
  • Use an effective method of birth control to avoid pregnancy while taking this medication.
  • Your doctor may get regular blood tests done to monitor your blood cell count (CBC), liver and kidney function.
  • Inform your doctor if you experience fever, chills, rash, dizziness and shortness of breath during the treatment.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Monoclonal antibody (mAb)
Habit Forming
No
Therapeutic Class
ANTI NEOPLASTICS
Action Class
CD 20 Inhibitor

Patient concerns

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She is suffering from chronic myeloid leukemia
Dr. Deepak Kumar Soni
Ayurveda
Hi Kindly consult to Ayurvedic doctor at your local city area , face to face consult is needed.
I want to know the symptoms of cancer as I am a smoker
Dr. Vijay Sharnangat
Medical Oncology and Hematology
Symptoms for cancer depends upon which organ involved. For smokers , definitely chronic , they have possibility to develop lung cancer, head and neck cancers, oesophagus cancer, pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer and so more on. General symptoms would be like loss of appetite, weight loss, low grade fever in some cases, chronic cough for long time.
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References

  1. Chabner BA, Barnes J, Neal J, et al. Targeted Therapies: Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors, Monoclonal Antibodies, and Cytokines. In: Brunton LL, Chabner BA, Knollmann BC, editors. Goodman & Gilman’s: The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics. 12th ed. New York, New York: McGraw-Hill Medical; 2011. pp. 1747-48.
  2. Briggs GG, Freeman RK, editors. A Reference Guide to Fetal and Neonatal Risk: Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation. 10th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health; 2015. p. 1011.
  3. Ofatumumab. East Hanover, New Jersey: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; 2009 [revised Jan. 2016]. [Accessed 26 Mar. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link

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Expires on or after: March, 2022

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