Generic Name: Hexaminolevulinate (hex a mee noe LEV ue lin ate)
Brand Name: Cysview
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Aug 5, 2019.
Uses of Cysview:
- It is used with a light test to check for bladder cancer.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Cysview?
- If you have an allergy to hexaminolevulinate, aminolevulinic acid, or any other part of Cysview (hexaminolevulinate).
- If you are allergic to Cysview (hexaminolevulinate); any part of Cysview (hexaminolevulinate); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have any of these health problems: Blood in the urine or porphyria.
- If you have ever been given BCG or a cancer drug in the bladder.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Cysview (hexaminolevulinate).
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 Cysview (hexaminolevulinate) 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 Cysview?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Cysview (hexaminolevulinate). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- This medicine may not help in finding all bladder tumors. If you have questions, talk with your doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Cysview (hexaminolevulinate) while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Cysview) best taken?
Use Cysview (hexaminolevulinate) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- It is given through a catheter into the bladder.
- You will need to keep Cysview (hexaminolevulinate) in your bladder for at least 1 hour, but not more than 3 hours.
- If you cannot keep Cysview (hexaminolevulinate) in your bladder for at least 1 hour, talk with your doctor.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Call your doctor to find out what to do.
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.
- Blood in the urine.
- Trouble passing urine.
- Very bad bladder irritation.
What are some other side effects of Cysview?
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:
- Bladder irritation.
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 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
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 Cysview?
- If you need to store Cysview (hexaminolevulinate) 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 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 Cysview (hexaminolevulinate), 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.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
More about Cysview (hexaminolevulinate)
- Side Effects
- During Pregnancy
- Dosage Information
- Drug Interactions
- Pricing & Coupons
- Drug class: malignancy photosensitizers
- FDA Approval History