Trisenox

Drug List

Trisenox

Drug Name

Trisenox (Arsenic Trioxide)

Manufactured By

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc

Drug Savings


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Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

Arsenic trioxide is used to treat a type of leukemia (acute promyelocytic leukemia-APL) when other types of treatment (e.g., chemotherapy) have not worked well or no longer work.

How To Use

This medication is given by injection into a vein by a health care professional over 1 to 2 hours, usually once daily or as directed by your doctor. The injection may be injected more slowly (e.g., over 4 hours) if you have a reaction to the medication such as dizziness, flushing, or fast heartbeat. The dosage and length of treatment is based on your weight, medical condition, and response to treatment. Your doctor will order tests (e.g., EKG, blood minerals) to find the right dose for you. Your next dose may need to be rescheduled if your heartbeat or blood tests are abnormal.

Side Effects

Pain/redness/swelling at the injection site, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach/abdominal pain, tiredness, cough, headache, or dizziness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Both leukemia and this medication can lower the body's ability to fight an infection. Tell your doctor promptly if you develop any signs of an infection such as unexplained fever, chills, or persistent sore throat. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: easy bleeding/bruising, nosebleed, increased thirst, signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine), blurred vision, bone/joint pain, decreased appetite, unusual weight loss, muscle pain/stiffness/spasm, numbness/tingling, swollen hands/legs/feet. Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: chest pain, severe dizziness/fainting, fast/irregular heartbeat, coughing up blood, mental/mood changes (e.g., confusion), muscle weakness, seizures, bloody/black/tarry stool, vomit that looks like coffee grounds. 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 any other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Drug Interactions

This drug should not be used during pregnancy. It may harm the unborn baby. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor right away. Talk with your doctor about effective forms of birth control. This medication passes into breast milk. Because of the possible risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

In Case of Overdose

Symptoms of overdose may include: seizures, muscle weakness, confusion. If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room 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. Keep all medical/lab appointments. If you miss a dose, contact your doctor to establish a new dosing schedule.

Storage

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