Imlygic

Drug List

Imlygic

Drug Name

Imlygic (Talimogene laherparepvec)

Manufactured By

Amgen, Inc.

Drug Savings

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Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

This medication is used to treat a certain type of skin cancer (melanoma). It contains a live virus (cold sore virus) that has been weakened. Talimogene laherparepvec infects the cancer cells and works by slowing or stopping their growth.

How To Use

Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using talimogene laherparepvec and each time you get a treatment. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. This medication is given by injection into your tumor(s) by a health care professional. It is given as directed by your doctor, usually every 2 weeks. However, your second treatment should be 3 weeks after your first treatment. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. After getting this medication, you may be able to make others sick with the cold sore virus. To prevent the spread of infection, do not touch or scratch the injection site(s). Keep the injection site(s) covered with airtight and watertight dressing(s) for at least 1 week after each treatment. If the injection site is still oozing or weeping after 1 week, you will need to keep it covered for longer. Ask your doctor for more details. If the dressing comes loose or falls off, replace it right away with a clean dressing. Always wear gloves when changing the dressing. Throw away all used dressings and medical supplies in a sealed plastic bag. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, mark the days on your calendar when you should get this medication.

Side Effects

Diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, dizziness, pain at injection site, white patches on the skin, or flu-like symptoms (such as body aches, cough, sneezing, chills, fever, unusual tiredness, headache, nausea, vomiting) may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: cold sores/blisters, eye infection (such as vision changes, eye redness/pain, light sensitivity, eye discharge), open sore/wound at the injection site, slow wound healing at the injection site, signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine, pink/bloody urine), joint pain, muscle pain. Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: trouble breathing. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away 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.

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. Some products that may interact with this drug include: drugs that weaken the immune system/increase the risk of infection (such as natalizumab, rituximab, prednisone).

In Case of Overdose

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

In Case of Missed Dose

For the best possible benefit, it is important to receive each scheduled dose of this medication as directed. If you miss a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist right away to establish a new dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Not applicable. This medication is given in a clinic and will not be stored at home.