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Generic: aldesleukin
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It is usually used for advanced renal cell cancer or for advanced melanoma
               



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What is this medicine?

ALDESLEUKIN, IL- 2 (al des LOO kin) is a chemotherapy drug. It is usually used for advanced renal cell cancer or for advanced melanoma. It is sometimes used for other cancers.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • blood problems
  • extreme tiredness
  • fever or infection
  • heart, lung, kidney, or liver disease
  • immune system problems
  • mental disorders
  • organ transplant
  • seizures
  • stomach problems
  • thyroid problems
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to aldesleukin, bacterial proteins, mannitol, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection into a vein but can also be injected under the skin. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • aminoglycosides
  • contrast media
  • interferon alfa
  • medicines for cancer like doxorubicin, methotrexate, asparaginase, cisplatinum, dacarbazine, and tamoxifen
  • medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
  • medicines for blood pressure like beta blockers
  • medicines for pain including pentazocine, buprenorphine, butorphanol, nalbuphine, tramadol, and propoxyphene
  • medicines for sleep
  • NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
  • phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, prochlorperazine, and thioridazine
  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You will need frequent blood checks.

Try to avoid people who are sick. If you get a cold or other infection while receiving this medicine, call your doctor or health care professional. Do not treat yourself. The medicine may decrease your body's ability to fight infections.

The medicine may make you feel generally unwell. This is not uncommon. Tell your doctor or health care professional about any side effects or problems you develop.

               
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