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What If I Receive an Overdose of Eribulin?

An overdose of this medication could be very dangerous, as it may cause dangerously low blood counts or other serious problems.
 
(Click Halaven Overdose for more information.)
 

What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose?

If you fail to receive a dose of eribulin on schedule, contact your healthcare provider to set up an appointment for your next dose right away.
 

How Does It Work?

Eribulin is part of a group of medications called microtubule inhibitors. It works by preventing cell division and, eventually, causing the cell to die.
 
While eribulin can kill both healthy and cancerous cells, it has a greater effect on cells that are multiplying rapidly. Generally, cancer cells multiply more rapidly than healthy cells and are, therefore, more affected by eribulin.
 

Effects of Eribulin

One study looked at using eribulin to treat metastatic breast cancer (breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body) in people who had been unsuccessfully treated with certain other types of chemotherapy. People were given either eribulin or a different breast cancer treatment. Those who were given eribulin lived an average of 13.1 months, while those who received other types of treatments lived only 10.6 months, on average.
 

When and How to Take This Medication

Some general considerations include the following:
 
  • This medication is given intravenously (by IV) on days 1 and 8 of a 21-day cycle
  • It is given over a very short period of time (two to five minutes), much shorter than most other IV chemotherapy drugs
  • If you develop serious side effects, your treatment with this medication may need to be postponed
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
 
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