What is Ixempra?Ixempra is an injection used to treat breast cancer when certain other medicines have not worked. It can be used alone or with another cancer medicine called capecitabine.
What is the most important information I should know about Ixempra?You should not receive injections of Ixempra along with the medicine capecitabine if you have liver problems, since this increases your risk of getting serious—and possibly fatal—infections due to a very low white blood cell count.
Who should not take Ixempra?You should not receive Ixempra if you are allergic to a medicine, such as Taxol, that contains Cremophor EL or polyoxyethylated castor oil; have low white blood cell or platelet counts; or you have liver problems and are also being treated with capecitabine.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Ixempra?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Ixempra. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history especially if you have liver problems, heart problems, or have had an allergic reaction to Ixempra.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: The dosage will be based on your size and body weight.
How should I take Ixempra?Ixempra is given by an injection directly into your vein (intravenous infusion). The infusion is given over 3 hours every 3 weeks.
What should I avoid while taking Ixempra?Ixempra contains alcohol. If you are dizzy or drowsy, avoid activities that may be dangerous like driving or operating machinery. Also
Avoid drinking grapefruit juice, this may cause you to have too much Ixempra in your blood and lead to side effects.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Ixempra?If Ixempra is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Ixempra with the following: erythromycin, fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, phenytoin, rifampin, rifampicin, verapamil, and grapefruit juice.
What are the possible side effects of Ixempra?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: allergic reactions, hair loss, joint pain, low white blood cell count (which can increase the risk of serious infections), neuropathy (numbness, tingling or burning in the hands and feet), tiredness
Signs of severe allergic reactions may include hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the throat. If any of these events occur, seek immediate medical attention.
Can I receive Ixempra if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Ixempra should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Ixempra?Ask your doctor for advice.
How should I store Ixempra?Your doctor will store Ixempra in the refrigerator.