When and How to Receive This MedicationSome general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Jevtana include the following:
- This medication is administered intravenously (by IV) once every three weeks. It is combined with oral prednisone tablets, which are taken every day during the treatment period, even between Jevtana infusions.
- You should be given medications (such as a corticosteroid, an antihistamine, and an H2 antagonist) before each dose of Jevtana to help prevent allergic reactions.
- The IV is given over a period of one hour.
- For Jevtana to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
Dosing InformationThe dose of Jevtana your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on several factors, such as:
- Your height and weight
- How well you tolerate the medication.
(Click Jevtana Dosage for more information.)
Side Effects of JevtanaJust like any medicine, Jevtana can cause side effects. However, not everyone who receives the medication will have problems. In fact, some people tolerate it quite well, although most people will develop side effects.
If reactions do occur, in many cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. However, as with most chemotherapy medications, serious side effects are quite common.
Common reactions to Jevtana include but are not limited to:
- Anemia (see Chemotherapy and Anemia)
- Leukopenia (low levels of a certain type of white blood cell called leukocytes)
- Neutropenia (low levels of a certain type of white blood cell called neutrophils).
(Click Jevtana Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)