Opdivo

Drug List

Opdivo

Drug Name

Opdivo (Nivolumab)

Manufactured By

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Drug Savings

Nationwide Prescription Connection (NPC) is an experienced advocacy service that helps connect patients to manufacturer provided free and discount programs. We can help the uninsured, under insured, those in the Medicare gap also known as the "doughnut hole", or even those needing help with expensive co-pays.  Our web site makes it easy for you to enter the medications you are taking, along with some basic patient information, and then finds the program that is right for you.

Nationwide Prescription Connection (NPC) is an experienced advocacy service that helps connect patients to manufacturer provided free and discount programs. We can help the uninsured, under insured, those in the Medicare gap also known as the "doughnut hole", or even those needing help with expensive co-pays.  Our web site makes it easy for you to enter the medications you are taking, along with some basic patient information, and then finds the program that is right for you.

Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

Nivolumab is used to treat certain types of cancers (blood, skin, lung, and kidney cancer). It works by changing the action of your own immune system, directing it to attack cancer cells. Nivolumab belongs to a class of drugs known as monoclonal antibodies.

How To Use

Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start receiving nivolumab and each time you get a treatment. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. This medication is given by a health care professional. It is injected slowly into a vein over 60 minutes. It is given as directed by your doctor, usually once every 2 or 3 weeks. The dosage is based on your medical condition, weight, and response to treatment. Your doctor may stop your treatment for some time if you get serious side effects. Your doctor may also prescribe another medication (a corticosteroid such as prednisone) to help treat side effects of this medication.

Side Effects

Diarrhea may occur. If this effect persists or worsens, 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 right away if you have any serious side effects, including: signs of infection (such as fever, runny/stuffy nose, new/worsening cough), diarrhea with blood/mucus, mouth/throat sores, severe stomach/abdominal pain, symptoms of liver disease (such as persistent nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine), signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine, pink/bloody urine), easy bruising/bleeding, swelling hands/ankles/feet, unusual weakness, joint stiffness/pain, muscle weakness/tenderness/pain/spasms/cramps, numbness/tingling of arms/legs, loss of coordination, eye redness/pain, sensitivity to light, vision changes, persistent/unusual headache, dizziness/fainting, seizures. Nivolumab may cause hormone gland problems (such as thyroid, pituitary, adrenal, pancreas). Your body could make too much or too little hormone. Tell your doctor right away if you have any symptoms such as: cold or heat intolerance, unexplained weight loss/gain, increased thirst/urination, mood or behavior changes (such as decreased sex drive, irritability, forgetfulness), slow/fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat, unusual tiredness, constipation. Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: chest pain, shortness of breath. Nivolumab can commonly cause itching or a rash that is usually not serious. However, you may not be able to tell it apart from a rare rash that could be a sign of a severe reaction. Therefore, get medical help right away if you develop any rash or itching. 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.

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.

Storage

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