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denileukin diftitox - injection, Ontak (cont.)

USES: Denileukin diftitox is used to treat a certain type of cancer (cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, also known as CTCL) in patients whose cancer keeps returning or in patients who have not responded to other cancer chemotherapy treatment. It works by killing certain blood/cancer cells from your immune system (e.g., B cells, T cells).

HOW TO USE: This medication is given by injection into a vein by a health care professional.Dosage is based on your weight, medical condition, and response to treatment. This medication is usually given over at least 15 minutes for 5 days in a row. This treatment cycle is usually repeated every 21 days or as directed by your doctor.

SIDE EFFECTS: See also Warning section.Dizziness, back pain, mild rash/itching, flushing, fever, chills, muscle/joint pain, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea may occur during or after the infusion. Tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately if any of these effects occur, persist, or worsen. Your doctor may stop/slow down the infusion, and/or prescribe additional medications to help control these symptoms. Headache, loss of appetite, sweating, or trouble sleeping may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Many people using this medication have serious side effects. However, your doctor has prescribed this drug because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Careful monitoring by your doctor may decrease your risk.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: extreme thirst, very dry mouth, decreased urination, weakness, muscle cramps, chest pain/tightness, shortness of breath, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, trouble swallowing, confusion, pain/redness/swelling of arms/legs/injection site, numbness/tingling of arms/legs.This medication may cause very serious blood disorders (low number of blood cells such as red cells, white cells, and platelets). This effect can cause anemia, decrease your body's ability to fight an infection, or cause your body to bruise or bleed more easily. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms: signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat), easy bruising/bleeding, unusual tiredness, fast/pounding heartbeat.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014


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