Generic Name: arsenic trioxide (AR sen ik trye OX ide)
Brand Name: Trisenox
What is Trisenox?
Trisenox is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.
Trisenox is used to treat a cancer of the blood and bone marrow called acute promyelocytic (pro-MYE-loe-SIT-ik) leukemia, or APL.
Trisenox may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Trisenox can cause a serious and sometimes fatal complication by changing the way your immune system works. Call your doctor at once if you have any signs of this condition, including fever, swelling, weight gain, pain when you breathe, rapid heart rate, feeling short of breath, or feeling like you might pass out.
Trisenox can also have harmful effects on your heart rhythm. This effect is increased when you also use certain other drugs. Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with this medicine.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Trisenox if you are allergic to it.
To make sure Trisenox is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
a history of heart disease;
a heart rhythm disorder or history of Long QT syndrome;
an electrolyte imbalance (such as low levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood);
kidney disease; or
Do not use Trisenox if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.
Arsenic trioxide can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.
How is arsenic trioxide given?
Trisenox is injected into a vein through an IV. A healthcare provider will give you this injection.
While using Trisenox, you may need frequent blood tests at your doctor's office. Your heart function may need to be checked using an electrocardiograph or ECG (sometimes called an EKG).
You must remain under the care of a doctor while you are using Trisenox. Do not miss any follow-up appointments.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Call your doctor for instructions if you miss an appointment for your Trisenox injection.
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 receiving Trisenox?
This medicine can pass into body fluids (urine, feces, vomit). For at least 48 hours after you receive a dose, avoid allowing your body fluids to come into contact with your hands or other surfaces. Caregivers should wear rubber gloves while cleaning up a patient's body fluids, handling contaminated trash or laundry or changing diapers. Wash hands before and after removing gloves. Wash soiled clothing and linens separately from other laundry.
Trisenox side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Trisenox can cause a serious and sometimes fatal complication by changing the way your immune system works. Call your doctor at once if you have any signs of this condition, including:
fever, weight gain, feeling weak or tired;
swelling in your ankles or feet;
cough, pain when you breathe, rapid heart rate, feeling short of breath; or
feeling like you might pass out.
Also call your doctor right away if you have:
pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding;
cough, sore throat;
low potassium (confusion, uneven heart rate, extreme thirst, increased urination, leg discomfort, muscle weakness or limp feeling); or
Common side effects may include:
joint or muscle pain, tired feeling, trouble sleeping; or
mild itching or rash.
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 Trisenox?
Trisenox can have harmful effects on your heart rhythm. This effect is increased when you also use certain other drugs. Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with this medicine, especially:
a diuretic or "water pill";
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with arsenic trioxide, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.
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Where can I get more information?
- Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about Trisenox.
- Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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