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Besponsa

Generic Name: Inotuzumab Ozogamicin (in oh TOOZ ue mab oh zoe ga MYE sin)
Brand Name: Besponsa

Medically reviewed on May 2, 2018.

Warning

  • Liver problems have happened with Besponsa (inotuzumab ozogamicin). Sometimes, this has been life-threatening or deadly. The chance of liver problems is higher in people who had a stem cell transplant after treatment with Besponsa (inotuzumab ozogamicin). It is also higher in people who have already had liver problems, who have had more treatments with Besponsa (inotuzumab ozogamicin), and in older patients. Tell your doctor if you have ever had liver problems or a stem cell transplant.
  • Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
  • Call your doctor right away if you have signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
  • One study reported a higher rate of death in patients who had a stem cell transplant after getting Besponsa (inotuzumab ozogamicin) compared to certain other drugs. If you have questions or concerns, talk with your doctor.

Uses of Besponsa:

  • It is used to treat a type of leukemia.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Besponsa?

  • If you have an allergy to Besponsa (inotuzumab ozogamicin) or any part of Besponsa (inotuzumab ozogamicin).
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you are taking any drugs that can cause a certain type of heartbeat that is not normal (prolonged QT interval). There are many drugs that can do this. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
  • If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take Besponsa (inotuzumab ozogamicin) or for 2 months after your last dose.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Besponsa (inotuzumab ozogamicin).

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Besponsa (inotuzumab ozogamicin) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Besponsa?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take Besponsa (inotuzumab ozogamicin). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
  • You will need an ECG before starting Besponsa (inotuzumab ozogamicin). You may also need to have an ECG while using Besponsa (inotuzumab ozogamicin). Talk with your doctor.
  • You may bleed more easily. Be careful and avoid injury. Use a soft toothbrush and an electric razor.
  • You may have more of a chance of getting an infection. Wash hands often. Stay away from people with infections, colds, or flu. Some infections have been very bad and even deadly.
  • Infusion reactions have happened with Besponsa (inotuzumab ozogamicin). Sometimes, these could be very bad or life-threatening. Talk with the doctor.
  • If you are 65 or older, use Besponsa (inotuzumab ozogamicin) with care. You could have more side effects.
  • This medicine may affect fertility. Fertility problems may lead to not being able to get pregnant or father a child. Talk with the doctor.
  • If you are a man and have sex with a female who could get pregnant, protect her from pregnancy during care and for 5 months after care ends. Use birth control that you can trust.
  • If you are a man and your sex partner gets pregnant within 5 months after your care has ended, call your doctor right away.
  • This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant.
  • If you are able to get pregnant, a pregnancy test will be done to show that you are NOT pregnant before starting Besponsa (inotuzumab ozogamicin). Talk with your doctor.
  • Use birth control that you can trust to prevent pregnancy while taking Besponsa (inotuzumab ozogamicin) and for 8 months after your last dose.
  • If you get pregnant while taking Besponsa (inotuzumab ozogamicin) or within 8 months after your last dose, call your doctor right away.

How is this medicine (Besponsa) best taken?

Use Besponsa (inotuzumab ozogamicin) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • It is given as an infusion into a vein over a period of time.
  • Other drugs will be given with Besponsa (inotuzumab ozogamicin) to help avoid side effects.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Call your doctor to find out what to do.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of bleeding like throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds; coughing up blood; blood in the urine; black, red, or tarry stools; bleeding from the gums; vaginal bleeding that is not normal; bruises without a reason or that get bigger; or any bleeding that is very bad or that you cannot stop.
  • Signs of infection like fever, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, or wound that will not heal.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Dizziness or passing out.
  • A type of abnormal heartbeat (prolonged QT interval) can happen with Besponsa (inotuzumab ozogamicin). Call your doctor right away if you have a fast heartbeat, a heartbeat that does not feel normal, or if you pass out.

What are some other side effects of Besponsa?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Feeling tired or weak.
  • Headache.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Belly pain.
  • Not hungry.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Hard stools (constipation).
  • Mouth irritation or mouth sores.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Besponsa?

  • If you need to store Besponsa (inotuzumab ozogamicin) at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Besponsa (inotuzumab ozogamicin), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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