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    What is Bortezomib used for?

    Bortezomib is a cancer chemotherapy drug used to treat certain types of tumors such as multiple myeloma (a cancer of the plasma cells) and mantle cell lymphoma (a cancer of lymph nodes). This injection medication is classified as proteasome inhibitor. By blocking certain proteins, Bortezomib interferes with the growth of some cancer cells, and thus helps to slow the growth and spread of the cancer. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

    What is the recommended dosage of Bortezomib?

    The dosage of Bortezomib prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

    What if you miss a dose of Bortezomib?

    If your physician has instructed or directed you to receive Bortezomib injection in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, call your doctor as soon as possible.

    What if you overdose on Bortezomib?

    Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Bortezomib, seek medical attention immediately.

    What other drugs could interact with Bortezomib?

    It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Bortezomib.

    Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Bortezomib, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

    Bortezomib can interact with antibiotics, antifungal medications, and antidepressants.

    Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

    What are the side effects of Bortezomib?

    Like other medicines, Bortezomib can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Bortezomib are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

    It is pertinent to note that side effects of Bortezomib cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Bortezomib develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

    Bortezomib can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, loss of appetite, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, diarrhea, and constipation. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Bortezomib.

    What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Bortezomib?

    Is it possible for me to receive Bortezomib with other drugs?
    Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I receive Bortezomib?
    What are the possible drug interactions of Bortezomib?
    How will Bortezomib work in my body?
    How to reduce the risk of Bortezomib drug interactions and side effects?

    Note

    The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Bortezomib is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

     

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