Romidepsin injection is used to treat cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL; a group of cancers of the immune system that first appear as skin rashes) in people who have already been treated with at least one other medication given by mouth or by injection. Romidepsin injection is in a class of medications called histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors. It works by slowing the growth of cancer cells.
Romidepsin injection comes as a liquid to be injected intravenously (into a vein) over a 4 hour period by a doctor or nurse. It is usually given on days 1, 8, and 15 of a 28 day cycle. This cycle may be repeated as long as the medication continues to work and does not cause severe side effects.
Talk to your doctor about any side effects you experience during your treatment with romidepsin injection. If you experience certain severe side effects, your doctor may stop your treatment permanently or temporarily and/or may decrease your dose.
Ask your pharmacist or doctor for a copy of the manufacturer's information for the patient.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Talk to your doctor about eating grapefruit and drinking grapefruit juice while receiving this medicine.
changed sense of taste
tiredness or weakness
shortness of breath
easy bruising or bleeding
fever, cough, flu-like symptoms, muscle aches, burning on urination, worsening skin problems, and other signs of infection
blistering or peeling skin
Romidepsin injection may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while receiving this medication.
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online [at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch] or by phone [1-800-332-1088].
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor will order certain lab tests to check your body's response to romidepsin injection.
Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about romidepsin injection.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.
Last Revised - 03/01/2010
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