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Romidepsin is available by prescription only and is used in the treatment of T-cell lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects certain white blood cells. This drug is approved for use in people who have peripheral or cutaneous T-cell lymphoma and who have already had one form of chemotherapy treatment. Side effects include nausea, weakness, and infections.

What Is Romidepsin?

Romidepsin (Istodax®) is a prescription medication approved to treat certain types of T-cell lymphoma, a cancer that begins in the cells of the immune system. Specifically, the medication is approved to treat peripheral T-cell lymphoma and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. It is designed for use in people who have already received at least one previous type of treatment for their condition.
(Click What Is Romidepsin Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any chemotherapy medicine, romidepsin can cause side effects, some of which can be quite significant. In fact, the majority of people who use the drug will experience some type of side effect during treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider about ways you may be able to prevent or lessen adverse reactions to this medicine.
Common side effects of romidepsin include but are not limited to:
  • Low blood cell counts
  • Nausea
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Infections
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite.
(Click Romidepsin Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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