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Aldesleukin

Important Information for Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to receiving this medication if you have:
 
  • Heart problems, such as congestive heart failure or an abnormal heartbeat (an arrhythmia)
  • Ever had an abnormal heart stress test
  • A history of a heart attack or chest pain (angina)
  • Lung disease, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or have ever had an abnormal lung function test
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Liver disease, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or liver failure
  • Any central nervous system problem
  • Had an organ transplant
  • An autoimmune or inflammatory condition, such as Crohn's disease or arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid problems
  • A current infection
  • A history of abdominal (stomach) or intestinal bleeding
  • Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
 
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
 
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Aldesleukin to learn more, including information on who should not receive the drug.)
 

How Does It Work?

Aldesleukin is in a class of medications known as biological response modifiers. It is a synthetic version of a natural human protein known as interleukin-2. Natural interleukin-2 stimulates T-cell production by the body. T-cells are a type of white blood cell made by the immune system. They attack harmful substances in the body, such as cancer cells. By increasing T-cell production, aldesleukin may help the body fight off cancer cells.
 
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