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Generic Name: ipilimumab

It is used to treat certain types of melanoma.
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What is this medicine?

IPILIMUMAB (IP i LIM ue mab) is used to treat certain types of melanoma.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

-Addison's disease
-blood in your stools (black or tarry stools) or if you have blood in your vomit
-eye disease, vision problems
-history of pancreatitis
-history of stomach bleeding
-immune system problems
-inflammatory bowel disease
-kidney disease
-liver disease
-lupus
-myasthenia gravis
-organ transplant
-rheumatoid arthritis
-sarcoidosis
-stomach or intestine problems
-thyroid disease
-tingling of the fingers or toes, or other nerve disorder
-an unusual or allergic reaction to ipilimumab, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant
-breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

A special MedGuide will be given to you before each treatment. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

What if I miss a dose?

It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.

You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

-allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
-black, tarry stools
-bloody or watery diarrhea
-changes in vision
-dark urine
-dizziness
-eye pain
-fast, irregular heartbeat
-feeling anxious
-feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
-general ill feeling or flu-like symptoms
-light-colored stools
-loss of appetite
-nausea, vomiting
-pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet
-redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
-right upper belly pain
-unusual bleeding or bruising
-unusually weak or tired
-yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

-headache

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

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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