Zolinza

Generic Name: Vorinostat

  • What is Zolinza?

    Zolinza is used to treat cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) in people who have already tried at least two different types of therapy.
  • What is the most important information I should know about Zolinza?

    Zolinza may cause certain types of blood clots such as a pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis. This drug may also cause anemia, excessive bleeding, or stomach problems such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It may also cause an increase in blood sugar.
  • Who should not take Zolinza?

    Do not take Zolinza if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. This drug may cause severe harm to your unborn baby, including bone malformation and shortened life.
  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Zolinza?

    Mention all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Zolinza. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have high blood sugar, blood clots, irregular heartbeats, or are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
  • What is the usual dosage?

    Adults: The usual dosage of Zolinza is 400 milligrams (mg) once daily.
  • How should I take Zolinza?

    Zolinza capsules should be taken with food once per day. Drink at least 2 liters of water a day to stay well-hydrated. Report any nausea or vomiting to your doctor immediately.
  • What should I avoid while taking Zolinza?

    Do not crush, chew, or open Zolinza. Avoid becoming pregnant while on Zolinza, as it may cause severe harm to your unborn baby.
  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Zolinza?

    If Zolinza 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 Zolinza with blood thinners (especially coumarin derivatives) or valproic acid.
  • What are the possible side effects of Zolinza?

    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: anemia, loss of appetite, chills, constipation, diarrhea, dry mouth, excessive bleeding, nausea, taste problems, tiredness, vomiting, weight loss

  • Can I receive Zolinza if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Do not take Zolinza if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. This drug may cause severe problems with the development of your baby's bones, and may shorten the child's life. Talk to your doctor if you are nursing; Zolinza may pass into breast milk.
  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Zolinza?

    Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the dose.
  • How should I store Zolinza?

    Store at room temperature.