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When and How to Receive It

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Adcetris include the following:
 
  • This medicine is given as a slow injection into a vein (known as an intravenous, or IV, infusion) every three weeks.
  • It will take about 30 minutes to receive the Adcetris infusion. The infusion will be given by a healthcare provider in a healthcare setting, such as a hospital or clinic.
  • Your healthcare provider may give you other medicines to take before administering the injection.
  • Adcetris should be inspected before use, and should not be given if the medicine contains particles or is discolored.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. It is important to keep all of your appointments to receive your dose.
 

Dosing Information

The dose of Adcetris your healthcare provider recommends will vary, based on a number of factors, including:
 
  • Your weight
  • How well you tolerate the medication.
 
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
 
(Click Adcetris Dosage for more information.)
 

Side Effects of Adcetris

Just like any medicine, Adcetris can cause side effects. As with other chemotherapy medicines, the side effects can be significant. In fact, the majority of people who use this medication will experience some type of side effect during treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider about ways to prevent or lessen side effects from this medicine.
 
Common Adcetris side effects include but are not limited to:
 
  • Low white blood cell counts
  • Tingling, numbness, or pricking sensations
  • Fatigue
  • Anemia
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea.
 
(Click Adcetris Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
 
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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
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