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Ipilimumab

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Anti-CTLA4 Monoclonal Antibody Yervoy® Cancer-related

Ipilimumab - What is it for

​Ipilimumab belongs to a class of medications known as immunotherapy. It works with your body's immune system to fight against the tumour cells.  

Ipilimumab - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Ipilimumab cause?

During infusion

  • Allergic reactions uncommonly develop during the first infusion. Symptoms may include chills, rigors, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, flushing or itch.
    Alert your nurse if you experience any of the above during the infusion.

Other possible side effects (usually mild, may occur within a few weeks after 1st dose)

  • Mild itch, rashes that resolve within a few days
  • Diarrhea associated with abdominal cramping
  • Muscle ache, fatigue

Please seek medical attention if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of skin toxicity e.g. swelling, extensive peeling of skin, severe rashes etc.
  • Signs of liver/ gastrointestinal toxicity e.g. severe diarrhea, dark coloured urine, intense abdominal pain, yellowing of the skin or whites of eyes
  • Persistent shortness of breath or dry cough
  • Extreme fatigue, abnormal intolerance of cold or heat, feeling irritable
  • Unusual headache

Before taking Ipilimumab, what precautions must I follow?

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Ipilimumab?

Ipilimumab - Dosage and How to Use

How should Ipilimumab be used?

What should I do if I miss a dose?

What should I do if I overdose?

Ipilimumab - Handling and Storage

How should I handle Ipilimumab safely?

How should I store Ipilimumab?

How should I dispose of Ipilimumab safely?

Ipilimumab - Additional Information

  • Updated on Friday, August 10, 2018
  • Article contributed by Department of Pharmacy National Cancer Centre Singapore

    The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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