Generic Name: ibrutinib (eye BROO ti nib)
Brand Names: Imbruvica
What is Imbruvica?
Imbruvica (ibrutinib) is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.
Imbruvica is used to treat mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), or chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).
Imbruvica is usually given after at least one other medication has been tried without success.
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Imbruvica if you are allergic to ibrutinib.
To make sure ibrutinib is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
liver disease; or
bleeding or blood clotting disorder such as hemophilia.
Using ibrutinib may increase your risk of developing other types of cancer, such as skin cancer. Ask your doctor about your specific risk.
FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use Imbruvica if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.
See also: Pregnancy and breastfeeding warnings (in more detail)
It is not known whether ibrutinib passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.
How should I take Imbruvica?
Take Imbruvica exactly as your health care provider tells you. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Take this medicine with a full glass of water. Drink plenty of liquids while you are taking Imbruvica.
Take the medicine at the same time each day.
Do not crush, chew, break, or open an Imbruvica capsule. Swallow it whole.
If you need surgery or dental work, tell the surgeon or dentist ahead of time that you are using Imbruvica. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking Imbruvica?
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with ibrutinib and lead to unwanted side effects. Avoid the use of grapefruit products while taking Imbruvica. Also avoid eating Seville oranges and marmalades made with these.
Imbruvica side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Imbruvica: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using Imbruvica and call your doctor at once if you have:
severe or ongoing diarrhea;
severe weakness or dizziness, confusion, problems with speech, prolonged headache;
easy bruising or bleeding (nosebleeds, bleeding gums);
bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
red or pink urine;
confusion, loss of appetite, vomiting, pain in your side or lower back;
little or no urinating, swelling, rapid weight gain;
fever, swollen gums, painful mouth sores, pain when swallowing, skin sores, cold or flu symptoms, cough, trouble breathing; or
pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating.
Common Imbruvica side effects may include:
nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite;
muscle or joint pain;
swelling in your hands or feet; or
cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
What other drugs will affect Imbruvica?
Other drugs may interact with ibrutinib, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.
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Where can I get more information?
- Your pharmacist can provide more information about Imbruvica.
- Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Imbruvica only for the indication prescribed.
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