Generic Name: Olaratumab (oh lar AT ue mab)
Brand Name: Lartruvo
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Oct 29, 2020.
Uses of Lartruvo:
- It is used to treat soft tissue sarcoma.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Lartruvo?
- If you are allergic to Lartruvo (olaratumab); any part of Lartruvo (olaratumab); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take Lartruvo (olaratumab) or for 3 months after your last dose.
This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.
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 Lartruvo (olaratumab) 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 Lartruvo?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Lartruvo (olaratumab). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- You may have more chance of getting an infection. Wash hands often. Stay away from people with infections, colds, or flu.
- You may bleed more easily. Be careful and avoid injury. Use a soft toothbrush and an electric razor.
- If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch your blood sugar closely.
- This medicine may affect being able to father a child. Talk with the doctor.
- This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant.
- Women must use birth control while taking Lartruvo (olaratumab) and for some time after the last dose. Ask your doctor how long to use birth control. If you get pregnant, call your doctor right away.
How is this medicine (Lartruvo) best taken?
Use Lartruvo (olaratumab) 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 Lartruvo (olaratumab) to help avoid side effects.
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?
- 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.
- Signs of high blood sugar like confusion, feeling sleepy, more thirst, more hungry, passing urine more often, flushing, fast breathing, or breath that smells like fruit.
- Signs of electrolyte problems like mood changes, confusion, muscle pain or weakness, a heartbeat that does not feel normal, seizures, not hungry, or very bad upset stomach or throwing up.
- Any unexplained bruising or bleeding.
- Feeling very tired or weak.
- A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
- Very bad and sometimes deadly infusion reactions have happened with Lartruvo (olaratumab). Call your doctor right away if you have chest pain, flushing, shortness of breath, very bad dizziness, or you pass out.
What are some other side effects of Lartruvo?
- Hair loss.
- Mouth irritation or mouth sores.
- Stomach pain.
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Back, bone, joint, or muscle pain.
- Dry eyes.
- Diarrhea, throwing up, upset stomach, and feeling less hungry are common with Lartruvo (olaratumab). If these happen, talk with your doctor about ways to lower these side effects. Call your doctor right away if any of these effects bother you, do not get better, or get very bad.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
How do I store and/or throw out Lartruvo?
- If you need to store Lartruvo (olaratumab) 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.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Lartruvo (olaratumab), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
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- Drug class: miscellaneous antineoplastics
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