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Therapeutic Class: Antiemetic
Pharmacologic Class: Serotonin Receptor Antagonist, 5-HT3
Palonosetron is used to prevent nausea and vomiting that is caused by cancer therapy or surgery. It works by blocking the hormone (serotonin) that causes vomiting.
palonosetron is available only with your doctor's prescription.
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For palonosetron, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to palonosetron or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of palonosetron in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatrics-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of palonosetron in the elderly.
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There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
Using palonosetron with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take.
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
You will receive palonosetron while you are in a hospital or cancer treatment center. A nurse or other trained health professional will give you palonosetron. palonosetron is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
palonosetron may cause a serious allergic reaction. Call your doctor or nurse right away if you have any of the following symptoms after using palonosetron: a fast heartbeat; fever; hives; itching; irritation; hoarseness; joint pain, stiffness or swelling; rash; redness of the skin; shortness of breath; swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, hands, or feet; tightness in the chest; trouble with breathing or swallowing; or wheezing.
Check with your doctor if severe nausea and vomiting continue after leaving the hospital or cancer treatment center.
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:Less common
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:Symptoms of Overdose
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:More common
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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