Inqovi

decitabine/cedazuridineMed Info

This medication contains 2 ingredients decitabine and cedazuridine. It is used to treat a group of blood/bone marrow disorders (myelodysplastic syndromes-MDS) in which the bone marrow does not produce enough healthy blood cells. People with MDS may have problems such as infections, anemia, and easy bleeding/bruising. Decitabine is thought to work by helping your bone marrow make normal blood cells. Decitabine also slows or stops the growth of abnormal blood cells that grow too fast and do not work properly. Cedazuridine helps decitabine work better by helping to prevent its breakdown in your body.

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30 Tablets, 35-100 mg

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About Inqovi

Overview

This medication contains 2 ingredients decitabine and cedazuridine. It is used to treat a group of blood/bone marrow disorders (myelodysplastic syndromes-MDS) in which the bone marrow does not produce enough healthy blood cells. People with MDS may have problems such as infections, anemia, and easy bleeding/bruising. Decitabine is thought to work by helping your bone marrow make normal blood cells. Decitabine also slows or stops the growth of abnormal blood cells that grow too fast and do not work properly. Cedazuridine helps decitabine work better by helping to prevent its breakdown in your body.

How to use

Take this medication by mouth on an empty stomach as directed by your doctor, usually once daily on days 1 through 5 of each 28-day treatment cycle. Swallow the tablets whole. Do not cut, crush, or chew the tablets. Do not eat for at least 2 hours before and 2 hours after taking this medication.

If you vomit after taking a dose, do not take another dose. Take your next dose at the regular time.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.

Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time on days 1 through 5 of your treatment cycle.

Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of serious side effects will increase.

Since this drug can be absorbed through the skin and lungs and may harm an unborn baby, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle this medication or breathe the dust from the tablets.

Side effects

Tiredness, nausea, vomiting, constipation or diarrhea, loss of appetite, dizziness, headache, trouble sleeping, or muscle/joint pain may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Pain or sores in the mouth and throat may occur. Brush your teeth carefully/gently, avoid using mouthwash that contains alcohol, and rinse your mouth often with cool water mixed with baking soda or salt. It may also be best to eat soft, moist foods.

People using this medication may 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: easy bleeding/bruising, unusual tiredness, pale skin, arm/leg swelling.

This medication may lower your ability to fight infections. This may make you more likely to get a serious (rarely fatal) infection or make any infection you have worse. Tell your doctor right away if you have any signs of infection (such as sore throat that doesn't go away, fever, chills, cough).

This medication can commonly cause 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. Tell your doctor right away if you develop any rash.

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.

In the US - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Warnings & Precautions

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to decitabine or cedazuridine; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: current/recent infection, kidney problems, liver problems.

This medication can make you more likely to get infections or may worsen any current infections. Avoid contact with people who have infections that may spread to others (such as chickenpox, measles, flu). Consult your doctor if you have been exposed to an infection or for more details.

Do not have immunizations/vaccinations without the consent of your doctor. Avoid contact with people who have recently received live vaccines (such as flu vaccine inhaled through the nose).

To lower the chance of getting cut, bruised, or injured, use caution with sharp objects like razors and nail cutters, and avoid activities such as contact sports.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

Since this drug can be absorbed through the skin and lungs and may harm an unborn baby, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle this medication or breathe the dust from the tablets.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. You should have a pregnancy test before starting this medication. You should not become pregnant while using decitabine/cedazuridine. This medication may harm an unborn baby. Women of childbearing age should ask about reliable forms of birth control while using this medication and for at least 6 months after the last dose. Men with female partners of childbearing age should use reliable forms of birth control while using this medication and for at least 3 months after the last dose. If you or your partner become pregnant, talk to your doctor right away about the risks and benefits of this medication.

It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Because of the possible risk to the infant, breast-feeding is not recommended while using this drug and for at least 2 weeks after the last dose. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Storage

Store in the original packaging at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.

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.

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. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.

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Missed Doses:

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember if it is within 12 hours after the usual time. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.

If you miss a dose and it is more than 12 hours after the usual time, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Extend the dosing period by one day for every missed dose to finish 5 doses for each cycle. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Notes:

Lab tests (such as complete blood counts, liver function, kidney function) should be done while you are using this medication. Keep all medical and lab appointments.

Selected from the Licensed Solutions data included with permission and copyrighted by FDB, inc., 2014. This copyrighted material has been downloaded and Licensed data provider and is not for distribution in professional healthcare settings. This information is generalized and not intended as specific medical advice. Consult your healthcare professional before taking any drug or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment. 

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