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Alemtuzumab

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Alemtuzumab is a drug used in treating certain types of leukemia, the B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia. It is also known to be a good drug for bone marrow and kidney transplantation. The drug has been clinically tested for treating multiple sclerosis and shows good results.

Alemtuzumab is a drug distributed under the brand name Campath. It is a drug used to cure patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and T-cell lymphoma. This drug is used when patients have failed to respond positively after taking cancer therapy drugs like fludarabine and alkylating agents.

When administering the drug, it is important to follow the exact mixing and the right amount of IV fluids. Medication by this product involves the risks of serious infections that are why doctors may recommend taking antibiotic medicines before the treatment.

Alemtuzumab must be administered through IV over two hours in dextrose solution as prescribed by a doctor. The drug should never be injected directly to the patient. Dosage depends on the medical condition of the patient, which is determined by the doctor. The standard dosage should be increased gradually to avoid the risks of side effects.

If the patient has missed a dose, consult the doctor before continuing so as to be given a new dosage schedule.

The dosage must be followed religiously so that it will not hamper the effectiveness of the drug and may also avoid complications.

Using Alemtuzumab for medication causes serious side effects that can be very fatal to the patient. A blood disorder such as thrombocytopenia and hemolytic anemia may occur to some patients. Some may experience allergic reactions and infections as a result of using Alemtuzumab.

Common side effects may also occur like upset stomach, sweating, flu, nausea, cough, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, back aches, trouble in breathing, irregular heartbeat and muscle aches. If any of these symptoms are experienced, consult a doctor immediately.

Prior to using Alemtuzumab, it is important to consult your doctor. This drug should not be used when you have other health condition such as infection, diabetes, heart problems, kidney problems, allergies and immune system disorders.

Alemtuzumab may cause dizziness so it is highly recommended to refrain from any activities that require alertness like driving, sports, operating machines and many other extreme activities.

Alcoholic drinks should also be avoided while on medication. While on medication, avoid any form of vaccinations without consulting your doctor. Also avoid sharp objects that may injure you that will cause extensive bleeding.

Pregnant women should discuss with a doctor the risks involved prior to taking the drugs. The same is true when you are planning to be pregnant or breast feeding your baby.

Alemtuzumab is a prescribed drug so it is not advisable to share it to other patients. Only a certified medical professional can prescribe the proper amount of dosage for the drug based on the patient’s condition.

Self administering the drug is not recommended not unless advised by the doctor. In the case of self administering the drug, it is very essential to follow the instructions of the doctor.

• Molecular formula of alemtuzumab is C6468H10066N1732O2005S40
Alemtuzumab available : 30mg tablets

Brand name(s): Campath

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