Ibrutinib

Description

Ibrutinib is used for the treatment of a certain type of cancers that affects the blood cells and lymph nodes. It is also used to treat chronic graft vs host disease, a complication that might occur after a bone marrow transplant.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Ibrutinib

  • Mouth sores
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin Rash
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Back pain or Joint pain
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness
  • Muscle pain
  • Dizziness
  • High blood pressure
  • Broken and brittle nails
  • Headache
  • Pale skin

Uses of Ibrutinib

What is it prescribed for?

  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Mantle Cell Lymphoma
  • Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia
  • Marginal Zone Lymphoma
  • Chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD)
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to ibrutinib or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
General warnings

Kidney impairment

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with kidney diseases due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of kidney function, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Liver impairment

This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from liver diseases due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of liver function is necessary while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Heart diseases

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with heart diseases due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of the heart function, appropriate corrective measures, dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition.

Bleeding

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with a known risk of bleeding due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of the clinical condition, appropriate corrective measures, dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition.

Infections

This medicine should be used with caution due to the increased risk of severe and potentially life-threatening infections. Report any unusual symptoms such as a fever, diarrhea, sore throat, pain or burning during urination, etc. to the doctor immediately. Close monitoring of the clinical condition, appropriate corrective measures, dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary in some cases.

Use in children

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients below 18 years of age since the safety and efficacy of use are not clinically established.

Driving or operating machinery

Use of this medicine may cause dizziness, visual disturbances, and tiredness. Hence, it is advised that you do not perform any activities that require high mental alertness such as driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery during treatment with this medicine.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Isoniazid

Verapamil

Sitagliptin

Erythromycin

Miconazole

Azathioprine

Clopidogrel

Aspirin

Ketoconazole

Disease interactions

Atrial Fibrillation

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with or a history of atrial fibrillation and other cardiac diseases like hypertension due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of heart function and vital signs is recommended for such patients. Appropriate corrective measures, dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition.

Liver impairment

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with mild and moderate liver impairment due to the risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of liver function is recommended while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative might be required in some cases. This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with severe liver impairment.

Lung Toxicity

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a history of interstitial lung disease presenting with acute onset of new or progressive unexplained pulmonary symptoms such as dyspnea, cough, and fever pending diagnostic evaluation due to the increased risk of the lung toxicity. Close monitoring of lung function is necessary while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition.

Kidney impairment

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with mild to moderate kidney impairment due to the risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of kidney function is recommended while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative might be required in some cases.

Tumor Lysis Syndrome

This medicine should be used with extreme caution due to the increased risk of tumor lysis syndrome. This risk is especially higher in patients suffering from electrolyte abnormalities and kidney diseases. Close monitoring of the clinical condition, appropriate corrective measures, dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition.
Food interactions
Avoid consumption of grapefruit or grapefruit juice and Seville oranges while taking this medicine since it may cause severe adverse effects. Report to your doctor, if you experience any adverse effects such as irregular heart rhythm, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and high blood sugar, etc.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take this medicine with or without food, as advised by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Ensure that the course of treatment is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by inhibiting the actions of certain abnormal proteins that cause the cancer cells to multiply. This helps in stopping the growth and spread of cancer.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Antineoplastics, Multikinase inhibitors

Schedule

Schedule H

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https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.3414.pdf

Ibrutinib - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2019 [cited 14 August 2019]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB09053

Ibrutinib: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2019 [cited 14 August 2019]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a614007.html

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Information on this page was last updated on 16 Aug 2019

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