When and How to Use This MedicineSome general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with bendamustine include the following:
- Bendamustine comes as a powder that is mixed with sterile water. It is given as a slow injection through a needle into a vein (an intravenous, or IV, infusion) once a day for two days in a row every 21 to 28 days.
- The injection is normally given in a healthcare setting, such as a hospital, infusion center, or a healthcare provider's office. It is given over a 30- to 60-minute period.
- Your healthcare provider may give you other medicines to take before your injection to help minimize the risk for certain side effects.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. It is important to keep your appointments to receive your bendamustine doses.
Dosing Information for BendamustineThe dose of bendamustine your healthcare provider recommends will vary, based on a number of factors, including:
- Your height and weight
- The reason you are using it
- How you respond to the medication.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Bendamustine Dosage for more information.)
Drug InteractionsBendamustine may react with a few other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Bendamustine).
What If I Overdose on This Medication?Because bendamustine is given by a healthcare provider in a healthcare setting, an intentional overdose is unlikely to occur. However, it is important to seek immediate medical attention if you believe you may have been given too much.
(Click Treanda Overdose for more information.)