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Erivedge®

(AYR-ih-vej)

Erivedge® (Vismodegib) is used to treat advanced or metastatic basal cell carcinoma.

Erivedge® (Vismodegib) is used to treat advanced or metastatic basal cell carcinoma.

Page 1 VISMODEGIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Name of your medication Generic name — vismodegib VIS-moh-DEH-gib Brand name — Erivedge® AYR-ih-vej Approved uses Vismodegib is used to treat advanced or metastatic basal cell carcinoma. Dose and schedule Taking vismodegib as instructed is important to allow your treatment to be as effective as possible, so here are some key points to remember. Your dose may vary, but the usual dose of vismodegib is 150 milligrams 150 mg to be taken by mouth daily. Vismodegib can be taken with or without food, but at the same time each day. Vismodegib capsules should be taken whole and not crushed, opened, or dissolved. If you are unable to swallow vismodegib, talk to your care provider or pharmacist for possible options. If you miss a dose of vismodegib, do not take an extra dose or two doses at one time. Simply take your next dose at the regularly scheduled time. Be sure to write down if you miss a dose and let your care provider know about any missed doses. Storage and handling Handle vismodegib with care. Just like when chemotherapy is given into the vein, this drug can be toxic, and exposure of the drug to others should be limited. Store vismodegib at room temperature 68°F–77°F in a dry location away from light. Keep vismodegib out of reach of children and pets. Leave vismodegib in the provided packaging until it is ready to be taken. Whenever possible, you should give vismodegib to yourself and follow the steps below. If a family member, friend, or caregiver needs to give the vismodegib to you, they also need to follow these steps. 1. Wash hands with soap and water. 2. Put on gloves to avoid touching the medication. Gloves are not necessary if you give the drug to yourself. 3. Gently transfer the vismodegib from its package to a small medicine or other disposable cup. 4. Administer the medicine immediately by mouth with water. 5. Remove gloves and do not use them for anything else. 6. Throw gloves and medicine cup in household trash. 7. Wash hands with soap and water. If a daily pill box or pill reminder is used, a separate one should be used for vismodegib. Do not mix other medications into the box with vismodegib. The person filling the box or reminder should wear gloves. Gloves are not necessary if you are filling the box or reminder. When empty, the box or reminder should be washed with soap and water before refilling. Be sure to wash hands with soap and water after the task is complete, whether or not gloves are worn. VISMODEGIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 2 If you have any unused vismodegib, do not throw it in the trash and do not flush it down the sink or toilet. Talk to your care provider or pharmacist about proper disposal of vismodegib. If you are traveling, put your vismodegib in a sealed plastic bag. Ask your pharmacist if any additional travel precautions are needed. Handling body fluids and waste Since vismodegib remains in your body for several days after it is taken, some of the drug may be present in urine, stool, sweat, or vomit. Once you have started to take vismodegib, it is important to know the following instructions every day for as long as your treatment lasts. This is to keep yourself, loved ones, and the environment as safe as possible. Pregnant women should avoid touching anything that may be soiled with body fluids from the patient. Toilet and septic systems You may use the same toilet, septic tank, and/or sewer that you usually use. If you have a low-flow toilet, close the lid and flush twice to ensure all waste has been discarded. If the toilet or toilet seat becomes soiled with urine, stool, or vomit, clean the surfaces before other people use the toilet. Wash hands with soap and water after using the toilet. If you need a bedpan, be sure your caregiver knows to wear gloves to assist with cleanup and to wash the bedpan with soap and water every day. If you do not have good control of bladder or bowels, use a disposable pad with a plastic back, a diaper, or a sheet to absorb body waste. Wash any skin that has been exposed to body waste or vismodegib with soap and water. Linens or clothing that are soiled with body fluids or body waste should be washed separately from other linens and clothing. If you do not have a washer, place the soiled linens in a plastic bag until they can be washed. Wash hands with soap and water after touching linens or clothing that may be soiled with body fluids. Drug and food interactions Vismodegib has many drug interactions. Inform your care providers of all prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal products. Talk with your care provider or pharmacist before taking new medications or supplements, or receiving any vaccines. Serious side effects Vismodegib can cause serious birth defects. Do not take vismodegib if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant. Both men and women should use effective contraception during and after vismodegib therapy. See “Pregnancy, Sexual Activity, and Contraception” section for more detailed information. VISMODEGIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 3 Side Effects of Vismodegib The common side effects that have been known to happen in more than 30% of patients taking vismodegib are listed in the left side of this table. You MAY NOT experience these side effects. Options to help manage any side effects that do occur are included on the right side of this table. These should be discussed with your care provider. If you experience any side effect you cannot manage or that is not listed here, contact your care provider. Possible Side Effect Management Muscle spasms Keep a diary of your spasms, including a description of when and where the pain is occurring, what it feels like, and how long it lasts. Stay as active as possible, but know that it is okay to rest as needed, too. Tell your care provider if pain or spasms interfere with your activity. If the pain or spasms bother you, ask your provider what you may use to help with this discomfort. Take only medication that has been prescribed or recommended by your care provider. Hair loss alopecia Your hair will grow back after treatment is over. Some people choose to wear scarves, caps, or wigs. A short hair-cut prior to treatment may help with the stress of hair loss. Taste changes Some people experience a metallic or bitter taste in their mouth. To help with taste changes, try the following: Choose and prepare foods that look and smell good to you. Use plastic utensils if food tastes like metal. Flavor foods with spices to change taste. Suck on mints or chew gum to mask taste. Brush teeth before and after eating with a soft bristle toothbrush. Avoid smoking. Notify your doctor if you are having trouble eating or are losing weight. Decreased appetite or weight loss Talk to your care provider if you notice a sudden decrease in weight while taking this medication. When you do not feel like eating, try the following: Eat small frequent meals instead of three large meals each day. Keep snacks nearby so you can eat when you feel hungry. Drink liquid nutritional supplements. Drink 8–10 glasses of water or fluid each day, especially if you are not eating, unless your care provider has instructed you to limit your fluid intake. Continued on the next page VISMODEGIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 4 Possible Side Effect Management Fatigue You may be more tired than usual or have less energy. Stay as active as possible, but know it is okay to rest as needed, too. Try to do some activity every day. Plan your activities, and do them at a time of day when you feel a bit more energetic. Avoid operating heavy machinery if you feel too tired. Nausea or vomiting Eat and drink slowly. Drink 8-10 glasses of water or fluid each day unless your care provider has instructed you to limit your fluid intake. Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day rather than a few large meals. Eat bland foods; avoid spicy, fried, and greasy foods. Avoid vigorous exercise immediately after eating. Don’t lie down immediately after eating. Avoid strong odors. Let your provider know if you experience nausea or vomiting. Your provider may prescribe medication to help with the nausea or vomiting. If you experience ANY uncontrolled side effect, call your physician or healthcare center immediately: INSTITUTIONAL CONTACT INFO Pregnancy, sexual activity, and contraception Women should not become pregnant and men should not get a partner pregnant while taking vismodegib. Women of childbearing age and potential should use effective contraception during therapy and for a minimum of 24 months after the last dose of vismodegib. Males should wear condoms during therapy and for a minimum of three months after the last dose of vismodegib to avoid drug exposure to pregnant partners and female partners of reproductive potential because the drug can be found in sperm. Do not breastfeed while taking vismodegib and for 24 months after the last dose of vismodegib. Men should not donate semen while taking vismodegib and for up to three months after the final dose. Please inform your care provider if you become pregnant. It is safe to hug and kiss, but the special precautions described above are required before sexual activity. Blood product donation It is recommended that you do not donate blood or blood products such as platelets while receiving vismodegib and for at least 24 months after the last dose of vismodegib. VISMODEGIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 5 Obtaining medication Talk with your care provider about the process for obtaining your vismodegib. PHARMACY OR SPECIALTY PHARMACY CONTACT INFO Additional resources Product website: www.erivedge.com Product prescribing information: www.gene.com/download/pdf/erivedge prescribing.pdf Product resources: www.gene.com/patients/medicines/erivedge Updated – August 22, 2017 Additional instructions Important notice: The Association of Community Cancer Centers ACCC , Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association HOPA , National Community Oncology Dispensing Association, Inc. NCODA , and Oncology Nursing Society ONS have collaborated in gathering information for and developing this patient education guide. This guide represents a brief summary of the medication derived from information provided by the drug manufacturer and other resources. This guide does not cover all existing information related to the possible uses, directions, doses, precautions, warnings, interactions, adverse effects, or risks associated with this medication and should not substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional. Provision of this guide is for informational purposes only and does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of this medication by ACCC, HOPA, NCODA, or ONS, who assume no liability for and cannot ensure the accuracy of the information presented. The collaborators are not making any representations with respect to the medications whatsoever, and any and all decisions, with respect to such medications, are at the sole risk of the individual consuming the medication. All decisions related to taking this medication should be made with the guidance and under the direction of a qualified healthcare professional. Permission: Oral Chemotherapy Education OCE sheets are provided as a free educational resource for patients with cancer in need of concise, easy-to-understand information about oral cancer drugs. Healthcare providers are permitted to copy and distribute the sheets to patients as well as direct patients to the OCE website for information. However, commercial reproduction or reuse, as well as rebranding or reposting of any type, are strictly prohibited without permission of the copyright holder. Please email permission requests and licensing inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Copyright © 2017 by Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association. All rights reserved.

Erlotinib

(er-LOH-tih-nib)

Erlotinib (Tarceva®) is used to treat people with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with an epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) genetic mutation, and pancreatic cancer in combination with another medication, gemcitabine (Gemzar®).

Erlotinib (Tarceva®) is used to treat people with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with an epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) genetic mutation, and pancreatic cancer in combination...

Page 1 ERLOTINIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Name of your medication Generic name — erlotinib er-LOH-tih-nib Brand name — Tarceva® tar-SEE-vuh Approved uses Erlotinib is used to treat people with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer NSCLC with an epidermal growth factor receptor EGFR genetic mutation, and pancreatic cancer in combination with another medication, gemcitabine Gemzar® . Dose and schedule Taking erlotinib as instructed is important to allow your treatment to be as effective as possible, so here are some key points to remember. Your dose may vary, but the usual dose of erlotinib is 150 milligrams 150 mg for NSCLC and 100 mg for pancreatic cancer to be taken by mouth once daily. The dose may be adjusted by your care provider based on your individual needs. Erlotinib must be taken without food at least one hour before or two hours after a meal or snack at the same time each day. Erlotinib should be taken whole and not crushed, cut, or dissolved. If you are unable to swallow erlotinib, talk to your care provider or pharmacist for possible options. If you miss a dose of erlotinib, do not take an extra dose or two doses at one time. Simply take your next dose at the regularly scheduled time. Be sure to write down if you miss a dose and let your care provider know about any missed doses. Storage and handling Handle erlotinib with care. Just like when chemotherapy is given into the vein, this drug can be toxic, and exposure of the drug to others should be limited. Store erlotinib at room temperature 68°F–77°F in a dry location away from light. Keep erlotinib out of reach of children and pets. Leave erlotinib in the provided packaging until it is ready to be taken. Whenever possible, give erlotinib to yourself and follow the steps below. If a family member, friend, or caregiver needs to give erlotinib to you, they also need to follow these steps: 1. Wash hands with soap and water. 2. Put on gloves to avoid touching the medication. Gloves are not necessary if you give the drug to yourself. 3. Gently transfer the erlotinib from its package to a small medicine or other disposable cup. 4. Administer the medicine immediately by mouth with water. 5. Remove gloves and do not use them for anything else. 6. Throw gloves and medicine cup in household trash. 7. Wash hands with soap and water. If a daily pill box or pill reminder is used, a separate one should be used for erlotinib. Do not mix other medications into the box with erlotinib. The person filling the box or reminder should wear gloves. Gloves are not necessary if you are filling the ERLOTINIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 2 box or reminder. When empty, the box or reminder should be washed with soap and water before refilling. Be sure to wash hands with soap and water after the task is complete, whether or not gloves are worn. If you have any unused erlotinib, do not throw it in the trash and do not flush it down the sink or toilet. Talk to your care provider or pharmacist about proper disposal of erlotinib. If you are traveling, put your erlotinib in a sealed plastic bag. Ask your pharmacist if any additional travel precautions are needed. Handling body fluids and waste Erlotinib remains in your body for several days after it is taken, so some of the drug may be present in urine, stool, sweat, or vomit. Once you have started to take erlotinib, it is important to follow the instructions below every day for as long as your treatment lasts. This will keep yourself, loved ones, and the environment as safe as possible. Pregnant women should avoid touching anything that may be soiled with body fluids from the patient. Toilet and septic systems You may use the same toilet, septic tank, and/or sewer that you usually use. If you have a low-flow toilet, close the lid and flush twice to ensure all waste has been discarded. If the toilet or toilet seat becomes soiled with urine, stool, or vomit, clean the surfaces before other people use the toilet. Wash hands with soap and water after using the toilet. If you need a bedpan, be sure your caregiver knows to wear gloves to assist with cleanup and to wash the bedpan with soap and water every day. If you do not have good control of bladder or bowels, use a disposable pad with a plastic back, a diaper, or a sheet to absorb body waste. Wash any skin that has been exposed to body waste or erlotinib with soap and water. Linens or clothing that are soiled with body fluids or body waste should be washed separately from other linens and clothing. If you do not have a washer, place the soiled linens in a plastic bag until they can be washed. Wash hands with soap and water after touching linens or clothing that may be soiled with body fluids. Drug and food interactions Erlotinib has many drug interactions. Inform your care providers of all prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal products that you are taking. Erlotinib should be taken without food. Medications that decrease stomach acid decrease erlotinib concentrations. Avoid use with proton pump inhibitors e.g., omeprazole [Prilosec®], esomeprazole [Nexium®] , if possible. If taken with a histamine blocker e.g., ranitidine [Zantac®], famotidine [Pepcid®] , take erlotinib 10 hours after the histamine blocker and at least 2 hours prior to the next histamine blocker dose. Grapefruit or grapefruit juice may interact with erlotinib; avoid eating or drinking these during treatment with erlotinib. Talk with your care provider or pharmacist before taking new medications or supplements, or receiving any vaccines. ERLOTINIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 3 Side Effects of Erlotinib The common side effects that have been known to happen in more than 30% of patients taking erlotinib are listed in the left side of this table. You MAY NOT experience these side effects. Options to help manage any side effects that do occur are included on the right side of this table. These should be discussed with your care provider. If you experience any side effect you cannot manage or that is not listed here, contact your care provider. Possible Side Effect Management Acne-like rash A rash that looks like acne may appear on your face, chest, and upper back while taking this medication. Your doctor may prescribe medication to help prevent or manage the rash. If you get a rash, keep the area around it clean and dry. Check with your care provider before using anything to treat it. Do not use over-the-counter acne treatments, such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, and soaps containing alcohol. Oatmeal baths and unscented moisturizers may help with itching. Sunlight can make symptoms worse. Avoid sun exposure as much as possible to decrease the risk of sunburn. The highest exposure to ultraviolet UV radiation occurs from 10 am–4 pm. Wear long-sleeved clothing, with UV protection if possible. Wear broad-brimmed hats. Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen UVA/UVB with at least SPF 30 as often as directed on the bottle. Use lip balm with at least SPF 30. Diarrhea loose and/or urgent bowel movements Monitor how many bowel movements you have each day. Drink 8–10 glasses of water or fluid each day unless your care provider has instructed you to limit your fluid intake related to some other health problem. Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day rather than a few large meals. Eat bland, low-fiber foods e.g., bananas, applesauce, potatoes, chicken, rice, toast . Avoid high-fiber foods, such as raw vegetables, raw fruits, and whole grains. Avoid foods that cause gas, such as broccoli and beans. Avoid lactose-containing foods, such as yogurt and milk. Avoid spicy, fried, and greasy foods. Contact your provider if any of the following occur: The number of bowel movements you have in a day increases by four or more. You feel dizzy or lightheaded. Your care provider may recommend an over-the-counter medication called loperamide Imodium® to help with your diarrhea, but talk to your care provider before starting this medication. Continued on the next page ERLOTINIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 4 Possible Side Effect Management Nausea or vomiting Eat and drink slowly. Drink 8–10 glasses of water or fluid each day unless your care provider has instructed you to limit your fluid intake. Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day rather than a few large meals. Eat bland foods; avoid spicy, fried, and greasy foods. Avoid vigorous exercise immediately after eating. Don’t lie down immediately after eating. Avoid strong odors. Let your provider know if you experience nausea or vomiting. Your provider may prescribe medication that can help. Fatigue You may be more tired than usual or have less energy. Stay as active as possible, but know it is okay to rest as needed. Try to do some activity every day. Plan your activities, and do them at a time of day when you feel a bit more energetic. Avoid operating heavy machinery if you feel too tired. Rash or itchy skin Keep your skin moisturized with creams and moisturizing lotions to decrease the risk of rash or itchiness, and wear loose fitting clothing. Avoid using perfumes and cologne as these products may increase rash symptoms. Avoid being in the heat for long periods of time. Your provider may recommend an over-the-counter antihistamine or a topical cream. Sunlight can make symptoms worse. Avoid sun exposure as much as possible to decrease the risk of sunburn. The highest exposure to ultraviolet UV radiation occurs from 10 am–4 pm. Wear long-sleeved clothing, with UV protection if possible. Wear broad-brimmed hats. Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen UVA/UVB with at least SPF 30 as often as directed on the bottle. If your rash or itching continues to worsen, contact your care provider. Changes in liver function Your liver function will be checked periodically by a simple blood test. Contact your care provider if you notice any of the following: Yellowing of the skin or whites of your eyes Dark or brown urine Unusual bleeding or bruising Continued on the next page ERLOTINIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 5 Possible Side Effect Management Cough or shortness of breath A cough that does not produce any mucous or congestion relief dry cough may occur while taking this medication. If you experience any breathing problems or shortness of breath, notify your care provider immediately. This may be a serious side effect of the medication. Decreased appetite or weight loss Talk to your provider if you notice a decrease in your weight while taking this medication. When you don’t feel like eating, try the following: Eat small frequent meals instead of three large meals each day. Keep snacks nearby so you can eat when you feel hungry. Drink liquid nutritional supplements. Drink 8–10 glasses of water or fluid each day, especially if you are not eating, unless your care provider has instructed you to limit your fluid intake. Increased risk for infection or fever Contact your care provider if you experience any signs or symptoms of an infection such as: Fever temperature higher than 100.4°F or 38°C Chills Sore throat Burning with urination Unusual tiredness A sore that becomes red, is draining, or does not heal Check with your care provider before taking any medicine for a fever or chills. If you experience ANY uncontrolled side effect, call your physician or healthcare center immediately: INSTITUTIONAL CONTACT INFO ERLOTINIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 6 Important notice: The Association of Community Cancer Centers ACCC , Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association HOPA , National Community Oncology Dispensing Association, Inc. NCODA , and Oncology Nursing Society ONS have collaborated in gathering information for and developing this patient education guide. This guide represents a brief summary of the medication derived from information provided by the drug manufacturer and other resources. This guide does not cover all existing information related to the possible uses, directions, doses, precautions, warnings, interactions, adverse effects, or risks associated with this medication and should not substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional. Provision of this guide is for informational purposes only and does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of this medication by ACCC, HOPA, NCODA, or ONS, who assume no liability for and cannot ensure the accuracy of the information presented. The collaborators are not making any representations with respect to the medications whatsoever, and any and all decisions, with respect to such medications, are at the sole risk of the individual consuming the medication. All decisions related to taking this medication should be made with the guidance and under the direction of a qualified healthcare professional. Permission: Oral Chemotherapy Education OCE sheets are provided as a free educational resource for patients with cancer in need of concise, easy-to-understand information about oral cancer drugs. Healthcare providers are permitted to copy and distribute the sheets to patients as well as direct patients to the OCE website for information. However, commercial reproduction or reuse, as well as rebranding or reposting of any type, are strictly prohibited without permission of the copyright holder. Please email permission requests and licensing inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Copyright © 2017 by Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association. All rights reserved. Pregnancy, sexual activity, and contraception Women should not become pregnant and men should not get a partner pregnant while taking erlotinib. Men and women of childbearing age and potential should use effective contraception during therapy and for a minimum of one month after the last dose of erlotinib. Do not breastfeed while taking erlotinib and for two weeks after the last dose of erlotinib. Inform your care provider if you become pregnant. It is safe to hug and kiss. Special precautions may be needed for sexual activity while on erlotinib, and you are encouraged to ask your care provider. Obtaining medication Talk with your care provider about how to obtain your erlotinib. PHARMACY OR SPECIALTY PHARMACY CONTACT INFO Additional resources Product website: http://www.tarceva.com/patient Product prescribing information: https://www.gene.com/download/pdf/tarceva prescribing.pdf Product resources: http://www.tarceva.com/hcp/patient-support/other-programs Updated – August 22, 2017 Additional instructions

Etoposide

(ee-toh-POH-side)

Etoposide (VePesid®) is used to treat adults with small cell lung cancer and testicular cancer.

Etoposide (VePesid®) is used to treat adults with small cell lung cancer and testicular cancer.

Page 1 ETOPOSIDE ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Name of your medication Generic name — etoposide ee toh POH side Brand name — VePesid® ve Pe sid Approved uses Etoposide is used to treat adults with small cell lung cancer and testicular cancer. Dose and schedule Taking etoposide as instructed is important to allow your treatment to be as effective as possible, so here are some key points to remember. Your dose is based on many factors, including your height and weight, overall health, and diagnosis. Etoposide should be taken with or without food at the same time each day. Etoposide should be taken whole and not crushed, cut, or dissolved. If you are unable to swallow etoposide, talk to your care provider or pharmacist for possible options. If you miss a dose of etoposide, do not take an extra dose or two doses at one time. Simply take your next dose at the regularly scheduled time. Be sure to write down if you miss a dose and let your care provider know about any missed doses. Storage and handling Handle etoposide with care. Just like when chemotherapy is given into the vein, this drug can be toxic, and exposure of the drug to others should be limited. Store etoposide in the refrigerator 36°F–46°F . Keep etoposide out of reach of children and pets. Leave etoposide in the provided packaging until it is ready to be taken. Whenever possible, you should give etoposide to yourself and follow the steps below. If a family member, friend, or caregiver needs to give the etoposide to you, they also need to follow these steps: 1. Wash hands with soap and water. 2. Put on gloves to avoid touching the medication. Gloves are not necessary if you give the drug to yourself. 3. Gently transfer the etoposide from its package to a small medicine or other disposable cup. 4. Administer the medicine immediately by mouth with water. 5. Remove gloves and do not use them for anything else. 6. Throw gloves and medicine cup in household trash. 7. Wash hands with soap and water. ETOPOSIDE ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 2 If a daily pill box or pill reminder is used, a separate one should be used for etoposide. Do not mix other medications into the box with etoposide. The person filling the box or reminder should wear gloves. Gloves are not necessary if you are filling the box or reminder. When empty, the box or reminder should be washed with soap and water before refilling. Be sure to wash hands with soap and water after the task is complete, whether or not gloves are worn. If you have any unused etoposide, do not throw it in the trash and do not flush it down the sink or toilet. Talk to your care provider or pharmacist about proper disposal of etoposide. If you are traveling, put your etoposide in a sealed plastic bag. Ask your pharmacist if any additional travel precautions are needed. Handling body fluids and waste Etoposide remains in your body for several days after it is taken, so some of the drug may be present in urine, stool, sweat, or vomit. Once you have started to take etoposide, it is important to follow the instructions below every day for as long as your treatment lasts. This will keep yourself, loved ones, and the environment as safe as possible. Pregnant women should avoid touching anything that may be soiled with body fluids from the patient. Toilet and septic systems You may use the same toilet, septic tank, and/or sewer that you usually use. If you have a low flow toilet, close the lid and flush twice to ensure all waste has been discarded. If the toilet or toilet seat becomes soiled with urine, stool, or vomit, clean the surfaces before other people use the toilet. Wash hands with soap and water after using the toilet. If you need a bedpan, be sure your caregiver knows to wear gloves to assist with cleanup and to wash the bedpan with soap and water every day. If you do not have good control of bladder or bowels, use a disposable pad with a plastic back, a diaper, or a sheet to absorb body waste. Wash any skin that has been exposed to body waste or etoposide with soap and water. Linens or clothing that are soiled with body fluids or body waste should be washed separately from other linens and clothing. If you do not have a washer, place the soiled linens in a plastic bag until they can be washed. Wash hands with soap and water after touching linens or clothing that may be soiled with body fluids. Drug and food interactions Etoposide has many drug interactions. Inform your care providers of all prescription medications, over the counter medications, vitamins, and herbal products. Talk with your care provider or pharmacist before taking new medications or supplements or receiving any vaccines. Serious side effects Bone marrow suppression is a decrease in the number of white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets and can be severe with etoposide. Speak to your care provider regarding the timing of laboratory tests to monitor your blood cell counts. You also may need to take a break or hold your medication for medical or dental procedures. Talk to your care provider or dentist before any scheduled procedures. ETOPOSIDE ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 3 Side Effects of Etoposide The common side effects that have been known to happen in more than 30% of patients taking etoposide are listed in the left side of this table. You MAY NOT experience these side effects. Options to help manage any side effects that do occur are included on the right side of this table. These should be discussed with your care provider. If you experience any side effect you cannot manage or that is not listed here, contact your care provider. Possible Side Effect Management Decreased white blood cells WBCs and increased risk of infection Your WBCs should be monitored by a simple blood test. When your WBCs are low, you are at greater risk for infection. Take the following precautions to protect yourself from infection. Wash your hands often, especially before eating and after using the bathroom. Avoid crowds and people with fevers, flu, or other infection. Bathe regularly to keep good personal hygiene. Contact your care provider if you experience any signs or symptoms of an infection such as: Fever temperature more than 100.4°F or 38°C Chills Sore throat Burning with urination Unusual tiredness A sore that becomes red, is draining, or does not heal Check with your care provider before taking any medicine for a fever or chills. Nausea or vomiting Eat and drink slowly. Drink 8–10 glasses of water or fluid each day unless your care provider has instructed you to limit your fluid intake. Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day rather than a few large meals. Eat bland foods. Avoid spicy, fried, and greasy foods. Avoid vigorous exercise immediately after eating. Don’t lay down immediately after eating. Avoid strong odors. Let your provider know if you experience nausea or vomiting. Your provider may prescribe medication to help with the nausea or vomiting. Continued on the next page ETOPOSIDE ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 4 Possible Side Effect Management Decreased platelet count and increased risk of bleeding Your platelets should be monitored by a simple blood test. When they are low, you may bruise or bleed more easily than usual. Use caution to avoid bruises, cuts, or burns. Blow your nose gently and do not pick your nose. Brush your teeth gently with a soft toothbrush and maintain good oral hygiene. When shaving, use an electronic razor instead of razor blades. Use a nail file instead of nail clippers. Call your care provider if you have bleeding that won’t stop. Examples include: A bloody nose that bleeds for more than 5 minutes despite pressure A cut that continues to ooze despite pressure Gums that bleed excessively when you floss or brush Seek medical help immediately if you experience any severe headaches, blood in your urine or stool, coughing up blood, or prolonged and uncontrollable bleeding. You may need to take a break or hold your medication for medical or dental procedures. Talk to your care provider or dentist before any scheduled procedures. Hair loss alopecia Your hair will grow back after treatment is over. Some people choose to wear scarves, caps, or wigs. A short haircut prior to treatment may help with the stress of hair loss. Decreased hemoglobin, part of the red blood cells that carry iron and oxygen Your hemoglobin should be monitored by a simple blood test. When your hemoglobin is low, you may notice that you get tired or fatigued more easily. Try to get 7–8 hours of sleep per night. Avoid operating heavy machinery if you feel too tired. Find a balance between work and rest. Stay as active as possible, but know that it is okay to rest, too. You might notice that you are more pale than usual. Let your healthcare provider know right away if you experience any of the following: Shortness of breath Dizziness Palpitations If you experience ANY uncontrolled side effect, call your physician or healthcare center immediately: INSTITUTIONAL CONTACT INFO ETOPOSIDE ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 5 Pregnancy, sexual activity, and contraception Women should not become pregnant and men should not get a partner pregnant while taking etoposide. Men and women of childbearing age and potential should use effective contraception during therapy and for a minimum of one month after the last dose of etoposide. Do not breastfeed while taking etoposide and for one month after the last dose of etoposide. Inform your care provider if you become pregnant. It is safe to hug and kiss, but special precautions may be needed for sexual activity while on oral chemotherapy. You are encouraged to talk to your care provider. Obtaining medication Talk with your care provider about how to obtain your etoposide. PHARMACY OR SPECIALTY PHARMACY CONTACT INFO Additional resources Product prescribing information: www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda docs/label/2002/019557s028lbl.pdf Updated – February 4, 2018 Additional instructions Important notice: The Association of Community Cancer Centers ACCC , Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association HOPA , National Community Oncology Dispensing Association, Inc. NCODA , and Oncology Nursing Society ONS have collaborated in gathering information for and developing this patient education guide. This guide represents a brief summary of the medication derived from information provided by the drug manufacturer and other resources. This guide does not cover all existing information related to the possible uses, directions, doses, precautions, warnings, interactions, adverse effects, or risks associated with this medication and should not substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional. Provision of this guide is for informational purposes only and does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of this medication by ACCC, HOPA, NCODA, or ONS, who assume no liability for and cannot ensure the accuracy of the information presented. The collaborators are not making any representations with respect to the medications whatsoever, and any and all decisions, with respect to such medications, are at the sole risk of the individual consuming the medication. All decisions related to taking this medication should be made with the guidance and under the direction of a qualified healthcare professional. Permission: Oral Chemotherapy Education OCE sheets are provided as a free educational resource for patients with cancer in need of concise, easy to understand information about oral cancer drugs. Healthcare providers are permitted to copy and distribute the sheets to patients as well as direct patients to the OCE website for information. However, commercial reproduction or reuse, as well as rebranding or reposting of any type, are strictly prohibited without permission of the copyright holder. Please email permission requests and licensing inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Copyright © 2018 by Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association. All rights reserved.

Everolimus

(eh-veh-ROH-lih-mus)

Everolimus (Afinitor®) is used to treat the following: o Hormone receptor–positive (HR+), human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER-2)-negative breast cancer, in combination with the medication exemestane o Pancreatic cancer (i.e., pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor [PNET]) o Neuroendocrine tumo...

Everolimus (Afinitor®) is used to treat the following: o Hormone receptor–positive (HR+), human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER-2)-negative breast cancer, in combination with the medication exemestane ...

ShowAll Page 1 EVEROLIMUS ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Name of your medication Generic name — everolimus eh-veh-ROH-lih-mus Brand name — Afinitor® a-FIN-i-tor Approved uses Everolimus is used to treat the following: o Hormone receptor–positive HR+ human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 HER-2 -negative breast cancer in combination with the medication exemestane o Pancreatic cancer i e pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor [PNET] o Neuroendocrine tumor NET of the stomach and intestine gastrointestinal or lung o Kidney cancer called renal cell carcinoma or angiomyolipoma and tuberous sclerosis complex o Brain tumor called subependymal giant cell astrocytoma SEGA Dose and schedule Taking everolimus as instructed is important to allow your treatment to be as effective as possible so here are some key points to remember o Your dose may vary but the usual dose of everolimus is 10 milligrams 10 mg to be taken by mouth at a scheduled time once a day o Your dose is based on many factors including your height and weight overall health and diagnosis o Everolimus can be taken with or without food Choose one with food or without food and take at the same time each day o Everolimus should be taken with a full glass of water o Everolimus is available as regular tablets and tablets used to make a suspension Afinitor® Disperz The regular tablets should be taken whole and not crushed cut or dissolved The tablets used to make a suspension should not be crushed or cut but can be dissolved in water If you are unable to swallow everolimus talk to your care provider or pharmacist for possible options o If you miss a dose of everolimus: Only take the missed dose if it has been less than six hours since you were supposed to take it Then take the next dose at the regularly scheduled time Do not take the missed dose if it has been more than six hours since you should have taken it Simply take the next dose at the regularly scheduled time Do not take two doses at one time Be sure to write down if you miss a dose and let your care provider know about any missed doses Storage and handling Handle everolimus with care Just like when chemotherapy is given into the vein this drug can be toxic and exposure of the drug to others should be limited o Store everolimus at room temperature 68°F–77°F in a dry location away from light o Keep everolimus out of reach of children and pets EVEROLIMUS ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 2 o Leave everolimus in the provided packaging until it is ready to be taken o Whenever possible give everolimus to yourself and follow the steps below If a family member friend or caregiver needs to give everolimus to you they also need to follow these steps: 1 Wash hands with soap and water 2 Put on gloves to avoid touching the medication Gloves are not necessary if you give the drug to yourself 3 Gently transfer the everolimus from its package to a small medicine or other disposable cup 4 Administer the medicine immediately by mouth with water 5 Remove gloves and do not use them for anything else 6 Throw gloves and medicine cup in household trash 7 Wash hands with soap and water o A daily pill box or pill reminder is not recommended for use with everolimus o If you have any unused everolimus do not throw it in the trash and do not flush it down the sink or toilet Talk to your care provider or pharmacist about proper disposal of everolimus o If you are traveling put your everolimus in a sealed plastic bag Ask your pharmacist if any additional travel precautions are needed Handling body fluids and waste Everolimus remains in your body for several days after it is taken so some of the drug may be present in urine stool sweat or vomit Once you have started to take everolimus it is important to follow the instructions below every day for as long as your treatment lasts This will keep yourself loved ones and the environment as safe as possible o Pregnant women should avoid touching anything that may be soiled with body fluids from the patient o Toilet and septic systems You may use the same toilet septic tank and/or sewer that you usually use If you have a low-flow toilet close the lid and flush twice to ensure all waste has been discarded If the toilet or toilet seat becomes soiled with urine stool or vomit clean the surfaces before other people use the toilet Wash hands with soap and water after using the toilet o If you need a bedpan be sure your caregiver knows to wear gloves to assist with cleanup and to wash the bedpan with soap and water every day o If you do not have good control of bladder or bowels use a disposable pad with a plastic back a diaper or a sheet to absorb body waste o Wash any skin that has been exposed to body waste or everolimus with soap and water o Linens or clothing that are soiled with body fluids or body waste should be washed separately from other linens and clothing If you do not have a washer place the soiled linens in a plastic bag until they can be washed o Wash hands with soap and water after touching linens or clothing that may be soiled with body fluids EVEROLIMUS ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 3 Side Effects of Everolimus The common side effects that have been known to happen in more than 30% of patients taking everolimus are listed in the left side of this table You MAY NOT experience these side effects Options to help manage any side effects that do occur are included on the right side of this table These should be discussed with your care provider If you experience any side effect you cannot manage or that is not listed here contact your care provider Possible Side Effect Management Decreased hemoglobin part of the red blood cells that carry iron and oxygen Your hemoglobin should be monitored by a simple blood test When your hemoglobin is low you may notice that you get tired or fatigued more easily Try to get 7–8 hours of sleep per night Avoid operating heavy machinery if you feel too tired Find a balance between work and rest Stay as active as possible but know that it is okay to rest as needed You might notice that you are more pale than usual Let your care provider know right away if you experience: Shortness of breath Dizziness Palpitations Changes in electrolyte and other laboratory values High glucose levels High prothrombin time levels High cholesterol levels High triglyceride levels High bicarbonate levels Low phosphate levels Low calcium levels Low albumin levels Changes in some lab values may occur and will be monitored by a simple blood test You may not feel any symptoms if the changes are mild and they usually are not a sign of a serious problem More severe changes may occur which can be a sign of a serious problem Notify your care provider if you have any of the following: Shortness of breath Chest discomfort Weakness or fatigue New aches and pains Headaches Dizziness Swelling of your legs or feet Red- or brown-colored urine Changes in liver function Your liver function will be checked periodically by a simple blood test Contact your care provider if you notice any of the following: Yellowing of the skin or whites of your eyes Dark or brown urine Unusual bleeding or bruising Continued on the next page EVEROLIMUS ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 4 Possible Side Effect Management Mouth irritation or sores Practice good mouth care Rinse your mouth frequently Brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush or cotton swab after meals Use a mild nonalcohol mouth rinse at least four times a day after eating and at bedtime For example you can use a mixture of 1/8 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of warm not hot water If you have sores in your mouth avoid using tobacco products alcohol and mouthwashes that contain alcohol Call your care provider if you experience pain or sores in your mouth or throat Rash or itchy skin Keep your skin moisturized with creams and moisturizing lotions to decrease the risk of rash or itchiness and wear loose fitting clothing Avoid using perfumes and cologne as these products may increase rash symptoms Avoid being in the heat for long periods of time Your provider may recommend an over-the-counter antihistamine or a topical cream Sunlight can make symptoms worse Avoid sun exposure as much as possible to decrease the risk of sunburn The highest exposure to ultraviolet UV radiation occurs from 10 am–4 pm Wear long-sleeved clothing with UV protection if possible Wear broad-brimmed hats Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen UVA/UVB with at least SPF 30 as often as directed on the bottle If your rash or itching continues to worsen contact your care provider Decreased platelet count and increased risk of bleeding Your platelets should be monitored by a simple blood test When they are low you may bruise or bleed more easily than usual Use caution to avoid bruises cuts bleeding or burns Blow your nose gently and do not pick your nose Brush your teeth gently with a soft toothbrush and maintain good oral hygiene When shaving use an electronic razor instead of razor blades Use a nail file instead of nail clippers Call your care provider if you have bleeding that won’t stop Examples include: A bloody nose that bleeds for more than five minutes despite pressure A cut that continues to ooze despite pressure Gums that bleed excessively when you floss or brush Seek medical help immediately if you experience any severe headaches blood in your urine or stool coughing up blood or prolonged and uncontrollable bleeding You may need to take a break or “hold” your medication for medical or dental procedures Talk to your care provider or dentist before any scheduled procedures Continued on the next page EVEROLIMUS ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 5 Possible Side Effect Management Changes in kidney function Your kidney renal function will be checked periodically by a simple blood test Contact your care provider if you notice either of the following: Decreased amount of urination Unusual swelling in your legs and feet Decreased white blood cells WBCs and increased risk for infection including respiratory tract infections Your WBCs should be monitored by a simple blood test When your WBCs are low you are at a greater risk of having an infection Take the following precautions to protect yourself from infection Wash your hands often especially before eating and after using the bathroom Avoid crowds and people with fevers flu or other infection Bathe regularly to keep good personal hygiene Contact your care provider if you experience any signs or symptoms of an infection such as: Fever temperature more than 100 4°F or 38°C Chills Sore throat Burning with urination Unusual tiredness A sore that becomes red is draining or does not heal Report symptoms of a respiratory infection like a cough sneezing runny nose fever and scratchy or sore throat to your provider Check with your care provider before taking any medicine for a fever or chills Diarrhea loose and/ or urgent bowel movements Monitor how many bowel movements you have each day Drink 8–10 glasses of water or fluid each day unless your care provider has instructed you to limit your fluid intake related to some other health problem Eat small frequent meals throughout the day rather than a few large meals Eat bland low-fiber foods e g bananas applesauce potatoes chicken rice toast Avoid high-fiber foods such as raw vegetables raw fruits and whole grains Avoid foods that cause gas such as broccoli and beans Avoid lactose-containing foods such as yogurt and milk Avoid spicy fried and greasy foods Contact your provider if any of the following occur: The number of bowel movements you have in a day increases by four or more You feel dizzy or lightheaded Your care provider may recommend an over-the-counter medication called loperamide Imodium® to help with your diarrhea but talk to your care provider before starting this medication Continued on the next page EVEROLIMUS ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 6 Possible Side Effect Management Fatigue You may be more tired than usual or have less energy Stay as active as possible but know it is okay to rest as needed too Try to do some activity every day Plan your activities and do them at a time of day when you feel a bit more energetic Avoid operating heavy machinery if you feel too tired Fluid retention or swelling Do not stand for long periods of time Keep your legs elevated when sitting or lying down Avoid eating salty foods which can increase swelling Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing and shoes Weigh yourself daily Contact your care provider if you notice any of the following: Swelling in the hands feet or legs Shortness of breath Weight gain of five pounds or more in a week Abdominal pain Abdominal pain or discomfort may occur Report any serious pain or symptoms to your care provider immediately Headache Ask your provider what you may use to ease headaches Contact your care provider immediately if your headache: Follows a head injury Is severe especially if it starts suddenly Does not go away after three days Is associated with vomiting visual disturbance neck stiffness drowsiness confusion made worse by coughing or lowering the head rash weakness in an arm or leg or numbness Muscle or joint pain or weakness Keep a diary of your pain including a description of when and where the pain is occurring what it feels like and how long it lasts Stay as active as possible but know that it is okay to rest as needed too Tell your care provider if pain interferes with your activity If the pain or weakness bothers you ask your provider how you may ease this discomfort Continued on the next page EVEROLIMUS ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 7 Possible Side Effect Management Nausea or vomiting Eat and drink slowly Drink 8–10 glasses of water or fluid each day unless your care provider has instructed you to limit your fluid intake Eat small frequent meals throughout the day rather than a few large meals Eat bland foods; avoid spicy fried and greasy foods Avoid vigorous exercise immediately after eating Don’t lay down immediately after eating Avoid strong odors Let your provider know if you experience nausea or vomiting Your provider may prescribe medication that can help Cough or shortness of breath A cough that does not produce any mucous or congestion relief dry cough may occur while taking this medication If you experience any breathing problems or shortness of breath notify your care provider immediately This may be a serious side effect of the medication Decreased appetite or weight loss Talk to your provider if you notice a decrease in your weight while taking this medication When you don’t feel like eating try the following: Eat frequent meals instead of three large meals each day Keep snacks nearby so you can eat when you feel hungry Drink liquid nutritional supplements Drink 8–10 glasses of water or fluid each day especially if you are not eating unless your care provider has instructed you to limit your fluid intake Drug and food interactions o Everolimus has many drug interactions Inform your care providers of all prescription medications over-the-counter medications vitamins and herbal products that you are taking o Grapefruit or grapefruit juice may interact with everolimus; avoid eating or drinking these during treatment with everolimus o Talk with your care provider or pharmacist before taking new medications or supplements or receiving any vaccines o Avoid live vaccines during treatment with everolimus If you experience ANY uncontrolled side effect call your physician or healthcare center immediately: _ INSTITUTIONAL CONTACT INFO EVEROLIMUS ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 8 Important notice: The Association of Community Cancer Centers ACCC Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association HOPA National Community Oncology Dispensing Association Inc NCODA and Oncology Nursing Society ONS have collaborated in gathering information for and developing this patient education guide This guide represents a brief summary of the medication derived from information provided by the drug manufacturer and other resources This guide does not cover all existing information related to the possible uses directions doses precautions warnings interactions adverse effects or risks associated with this medication and should not substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional Provision of this guide is for informational purposes only and does not constitute or imply endorsement recommendation or favoring of this medication by ACCC HOPA NCODA or ONS who assume no liability for and cannot ensure the accuracy of the information presented The collaborators are not making any representations with respect to the medications whatsoever and any and all decisions with respect to such medications are at the sole risk of the individual consuming the medication All decisions related to taking this medication should be made with the guidance and under the direction of a qualified healthcare professional Permission: Oral Chemotherapy Education OCE sheets are provided as a free educational resource for patients with cancer in need of concise easy-to-understand information about oral cancer drugs Healthcare providers are permitted to copy and distribute the sheets to patients as well as direct patients to the OCE website for information However commercial reproduction or reuse as well as rebranding or reposting of any type are strictly prohibited without permission of the copyright holder Please email permission requests and licensing inquiries to Contact@NCODA org Copyright © 2017 by Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association All rights reserved Pregnancy sexual activity and contraception o Women should not become pregnant and men should not get a partner pregnant while taking everolimus Men and women of childbearing age and potential should use effective contraception during therapy and for a minimum of eight weeks after the last dose of everolimus o Do not breastfeed while taking everolimus and for two weeks after the last dose of everolimus o Inform your care provider if you become pregnant o It is safe to hug and kiss Special precautions may be needed for sexual activity while on everolimus and you are encouraged to ask your care provider Obtaining medication Talk with your care provider about how to obtain your everolimus PHARMACY OR SPECIALTY PHARMACY CONTACT INFO Additional resources Product website: www us afinitor com Product prescribing information: www pharma us novartis com/sites/www pharma us novartis com/files/afinitor pdf Product resources: www us afinitor com/sega-tuberous-sclerosis www us afinitor com/angiomyolipoma-tsc www us afinitor com/progressive-nonfunctional-gi-neuroendocrine-tumor www us afinitor com/lung-neuroendocrine-tumors www us afinitor com/advanced-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors Updated – August 20 2017 EVEROLIMUS ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 9 Additional instructions

Exemestane

(EK-seh-MEH-stayn)

Exemestane (Aromasin®) is used in the treatment of certain types of hormone-dependent breast cancer in postmenopausal women.

Exemestane (Aromasin®) is used in the treatment of certain types of hormone-dependent breast cancer in postmenopausal women.

Page 1 EXEMESTANE ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Name of your medication Generic name — exemestane EK seh MEH stayn Brand name — Aromasin® uh ROH muh sin Approved uses Exemestane is used in the treatment of certain types of hormone dependent breast cancer in postmenopausal women Dose and schedule Taking exemestane as instructed is important to allow your treatment to be as effective as possible so here are some key points to remember o Your dose may vary but the usual dose of exemestane is 25 milligrams 25 mg to be taken by mouth at a scheduled time once a day o Exemestane should be taken with food at the same time each day o Exemestane should be taken whole and not crushed cut or dissolved If you are unable to swallow exemestane talk to your care provider or pharmacist for possible options o If you miss a dose of exemestane do not take an extra dose or two doses at one time Simply take your next dose at the regularly scheduled time Be sure to write down if you miss a dose and let your care provider know about any missed doses Storage and handling Handle exemestane with care Just like when chemotherapy is given into the vein this drug can be toxic and exposure of the drug to others should be limited o Store exemestane at room temperature 68°F–77°F in a dry location away from light o Keep exemestane out of reach of children and pets o Leave exemestane in the provided packaging until it is ready to be taken o Whenever possible give exemestane to yourself and follow the steps below If a family member friend or caregiver needs to give exemestane to you they also need to follow these steps 1 Wash hands with soap and water 2 Put on gloves to avoid touching the medication Gloves are not necessary if you give the drug to yourself 3 Gently transfer the exemestane from its package to a small medicine or other disposable cup 4 Administer the medicine immediately by mouth with water 5 Remove gloves and do not use them for anything else 6 Throw gloves and medicine cup in household trash 7 Wash hands with soap and water EXEMESTANE ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 2 o If a daily pill box or pill reminder is used a separate one should be used for exemestane Do not mix other medications into the box with exemestane The person filling the box or reminder should wear gloves gloves are not necessary if you are filling the box or reminder When empty the box or reminder should be washed with soap and water before refilling Be sure to wash hands with soap and water after the task is complete whether or not gloves are worn o If you have any unused exemestane do not throw it in the trash and do not flush it down the sink or toilet Talk to your care provider or pharmacist about proper disposal of exemestane o If you are traveling put your exemestane in a sealed plastic bag Ask your pharmacist if any additional travel precautions are needed Handling body fluids and waste Because exemestane remains in your body for several days after it is taken some of the drug may be present in urine stool sweat or vomit Once you have started to take exemestane it is important to follow the instructions below every day for as long as your treatment lasts This is to keep yourself loved ones and the environment as safe as possible o Pregnant women should avoid touching anything that may be soiled with body fluids from the patient o Toilet and septic systems You may use the same toilet septic tank and/or sewer that you usually use If you have a low flow toilet close the lid and flush twice to ensure all waste has been discarded If the toilet or toilet seat becomes soiled with urine stool or vomit clean the surfaces before other people use the toilet Wash hands with soap and water after using the toilet o If you need a bedpan be sure your caregiver knows to wear gloves to assist with cleanup and to wash the bedpan with soap and water every day o If you do not have good control of bladder or bowels use a disposable pad with a plastic back a diaper or a sheet to absorb body waste o Wash any skin that has been exposed to body waste or exemestane with soap and water o Linens or clothing that are soiled with body fluids or body waste should be washed separately from other linens and clothing If you do not have a washer place the soiled linens in a plastic bag until they can be washed o Wash hands with soap and water after touching linens or clothing that may be soiled with body fluids Drug and food interactions o Exemestane has many drug interactions Inform your care providers of all prescription medications over the counter medications vitamins and herbal products o Exemestane should be taken with food o Talk with your care provider or pharmacist before taking new medications or supplements or receiving any vaccines EXEMESTANE ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 3 Side Effects of Exemestane The common side effects that have been known to happen in more than 30% of patients taking exemestane are listed in the left side of this table You MAY NOT experience these side effects Options to help manage any side effects that do occur are included on the right side of this table These should be discussed with your care provider If you experience any side effect you cannot manage or that is not listed here contact your care provider Possible Side Effect Management Hot flashes sudden sweating and feelings of warmth If hot flashes are bothersome Mild regular exercise program may help Consult first with your care provider Try staying in a cool environment Wear layers so that you can remove outer layers when experiencing a hot flash Avoid or limit caffeine spicy food alcohol and stress which may worsen hot flashes Inform your care provider if your hot flashes are bothersome as there may be medications that can help If you experience ANY uncontrolled side effect call your physician or healthcare center immediately INSTITUTIONAL CONTACT INFO Pregnancy sexual activity and contraception o Women should not become pregnant and men should not get a partner pregnant while taking exemestane Men and women of childbearing age and potential should use effective contraception during therapy and for a minimum of one month after the last dose of exemestane o Do not breastfeed while taking exemestane and for one month after the last dose of exemestane o Inform your care provider if you become pregnant o It is safe to hug and kiss Special precautions may be needed for sexual activity while on oral chemotherapy and you are encouraged to ask your care provider Obtaining medication o Talk with your care provider about the process for obtaining your exemestane PHARMACY OR SPECIALTY PHARMACY CONTACT INFO EXEMESTANE ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 4 Additional resources Product website www pfizer com/products/product detail/aromasin Product prescribing information http //labeling pfizer com/ShowLabeling aspx?id=523 Product resources www aromasin com/tools and resources Updated – September 3 2017 Additional instructions Important notice The Association of Community Cancer Centers ACCC Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association HOPA National Community Oncology Dispensing Association Inc NCODA and Oncology Nursing Society ONS have collaborated in gathering information for and developing this patient education guide This guide represents a brief summary of the medication derived from information provided by the drug manufacturer and other resources This guide does not cover all existing information related to the possible uses directions doses precautions warnings interactions adverse effects or risks associated with this medication and should not substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional Provision of this guide is for informational purposes only and does not constitute or imply endorsement recommendation or favoring of this medication by ACCC HOPA NCODA or ONS who assume no liability for and cannot ensure the accuracy of the information presented The collaborators are not making any representations with respect to the medications whatsoever and any and all decisions with respect to such medications are at the sole risk of the individual consuming the medication All decisions related to taking this medication should be made with the guidance and under the direction of a qualified healthcare professional Permission Oral Chemotherapy Education OCE sheets are provided as a free educational resource for patients with cancer in need of concise easy to understand information about oral cancer drugs Healthcare providers are permitted to copy and distribute the sheets to patients as well as direct patients to the OCE website for information However commercial reproduction or reuse as well as rebranding or reposting of any type are strictly prohibited without permission of the copyright holder Please email permission requests and licensing inquiries to Contact@NCODA org Copyright © 2017 by Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association All rights reserved

Farydak®

(FAYR-ah-dak)

Farydak® (panobinostat) is used to treat multiple myeloma (MM), and is used in combination with bortezomib and dexamethasone.

Farydak® (panobinostat) is used to treat multiple myeloma (MM), and is used in combination with bortezomib and dexamethasone.

Page 1 PANOBINOSTAT ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Name of your medication Generic name — panobinostat PA noh BIH noh stat Brand name — Farydak® FAYR ah dak Approved uses Panobinostat is used to treat multiple myeloma MM , and is used in combination with bortezomib and dexamethasone. Dose and schedule Taking panobinostat as instructed is important to allow your treatment to be as effective as possible, so here are some key points to remember. Your dose may vary, but the usual dose of panobinostat is 20 milligram 20 mg to be taken by mouth once every other day for 3 doses per week on days 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, and 12 on weeks 1 and 2 of each 21 day cycle. Panobinostat can be taken with or without food, but at the same time on dosing days. Panobinostat should be taken whole and not crushed, cut, or dissolved. If you are unable to swallow panobinostat, talk to your care provider or pharmacist for possible options. If you miss a dose of panobinostat: Only take the missed dose if it has been less than 12 hours since you were supposed to take it. Then take the next dose at the regularly scheduled time. Do not take the missed dose if it has been more than 12 hours since you should have taken it. Simply take the next dose at the regularly scheduled time. Do not take two doses at one time. Be sure to write down if you miss a dose and let your care provider know about any missed doses. Storage and handling Handle panobinostat with care. Just like when chemotherapy is given into the vein, this drug can be toxic, and exposure of the drug to others should be limited. Store panobinostat at room temperature 68°F–77°F in a dry location away from light. Keep panobinostat out of reach of children and pets. Leave panobinostat in the provided packaging until it is ready to be taken. Whenever possible, you should give panobinostat to yourself and follow the steps below. If a family member, friend, or caregiver needs to give the panobinostat to you, they also need to follow these steps: 1. Wash hands with soap and water. 2. Put on gloves to avoid touching the medication. Gloves are not necessary if you give the drug to yourself. 3. Gently transfer the panobinostat from its package to a small medicine or other disposable cup. 4. Administer the medicine immediately by mouth with water. 5. Remove gloves and do not use them for anything else. PANOBINOSTAT ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 2 6. Throw gloves and medicine cup in household trash. 7. Wash hands with soap and water. A daily pill box or pill reminder is not recommended to be used with panobinostat. If you have any unused panobinostat, do not throw it in the trash and do not flush it down the sink or toilet. Talk to your care provider or pharmacist about proper disposal of panobinostat. If you are traveling, put your panobinostat in a sealed plastic bag. Ask your pharmacist if any additional travel precautions are needed. Handling body fluids and waste Since panobinostat remains in your body for several days after it is taken, some of the drug may be present in urine, stool, sweat, or vomit. Once you have started to take panobinostat, it is important to know the following instructions every day for as long as your treatment lasts. This is to keep yourself, loved ones, and the environment as safe as possible. Pregnant women should avoid touching anything that may be soiled with body fluids from the patient. Toilet and septic systems You may use the same toilet, septic tank, and/or sewer that you usually use. If you have a low flow toilet, close the lid and flush twice to ensure all waste has been discarded. If the toilet or toilet seat becomes soiled with urine, stool, or vomit, clean the surfaces before other people use the toilet. Wash hands with soap and water after using the toilet. If you need a bedpan, be sure your caregiver knows to wear gloves to assist with cleanup and to wash the bedpan with soap and water every day. If you do not have good control of bladder or bowels, use a disposable pad with a plastic back, a diaper, or a sheet to absorb body waste. Wash any skin that has been exposed to body waste or panobinostat with soap and water. Linens or clothing that are soiled with body fluids or body waste should be washed separately from other linens and clothing. If you do not have a washer, place the soiled linens in a plastic bag until they can be washed. Wash hands with soap and water after touching linens or clothing that may be soiled with body fluids. Drug and food interactions Panobinostat has many drug interactions, please inform your care providers of all prescription medications, over the counter medications, vitamins, and herbal products. Grapefruit, grapefruit juice, star fruit, pomegranate, and pomegranate juice may interact with panobinostat; avoid eating or drinking these during treatment with panobinostat. Talk with your care provider or pharmacist before taking new medications or supplements, or receiving any vaccines. PANOBINOSTAT ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 3 Side Effects of Panobinostat The common side effects that have been known to happen in more than 30% of patients taking panobinostat are listed in the left side of this table. You MAY NOT experience these side effects. Options to help manage any side effects that do occur are included on the right side of this table. These should be discussed with your care provider. If you experience any side effect you cannot manage or that is not listed here, contact your care provider. Possible Side Effect Management Decreased platelet count and increased risk of bleeding Your platelets should be monitored by a simple blood test. When they are low, you may bruise or bleed more easily than usual. Use caution to avoid bruises, cuts, or burns. Blow your nose gently, and do not pick your nose. Brush your teeth gently with a soft toothbrush, and maintain good oral hygiene. When shaving, use an electronic razor instead of razor blades. Use a nail file instead of nail clippers. Call your care provider if you have bleeding that won’t stop. Examples include: A bloody nose that bleeds for more than 5 minutes despite pressure A cut that continues to ooze despite pressure Gums that bleed excessively when you floss or brush Seek medical help immediately if you experience any severe headaches, observe blood in your urine or stool, cough up blood, or experience prolonged and uncontrollable bleeding. You may need to take a break or hold your medication for medical or dental procedures. Talk to your care provider or dentist before any scheduled procedures. Continued on the next page Serious side effects of panobinostat Panobinostat can cause severe diarrhea. Panobinostat can cause severe and fatal cardiac events. Notify your care provider immediately if you have any of the following symptoms: chest pain, faster or slower heartbeat, palpitations feel like your heart is racing , feel lightheaded or faint, dizziness, blue colored lips, shortness of breath, or swelling in your legs. PANOBINOSTAT ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 4 Possible Side Effect Management Decreased white blood cells WBCs and increased risk for infection Your WBCs should be monitored by a simple blood test. When your WBCs are low, you are at a greater risk of having an infection. Take the following precautions to protect yourself from infection. Wash your hands often, especially before eating and after using the bathroom. Avoid crowds and people with fevers, flu, or other infection. Bathe regularly to keep good personal hygiene. Contact your care provider if you experience any signs or symptoms of an infection such as: Fever temperature more than 100.4°F or 38°C Chills Sore throat Burning with urination Unusual tiredness A sore that becomes red, is draining, or does not heal Check with your care provider before taking any medicine for a fever or chills. Diarrhea loose and/ or urgent bowel movements Monitor how many bowel movements you have each day. Drink 8–10 glasses of water or fluid each day unless your care provider has instructed you to limit your fluid intake. Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day rather than a few large meals. Eat bland, low fiber foods, such as bananas, applesauce, potatoes, chicken, rice, and toast. Avoid high fiber foods, such as raw vegetables, raw fruits, and whole grains. Avoid foods that cause gas, such as broccoli and beans. Avoid lactose containing foods, such as yogurt and milk. Avoid spicy, fried, and greasy foods. Contact your provider if any of the following occur: The number of bowel movements you have in a day increases by 4 or more. You feel dizzy or lightheaded. Your care provider may recommend an over the counter medication called loperamide Imodium® to help with your diarrhea, but talk to your care provider before starting this medication. Continued on the next page PANOBINOSTAT ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 5 Possible Side Effect Management Changes in electrolytes and other laboratory values Low calcium levels Low phosphorous levels Low albumin levels Low potassium levels Low sodium levels Changes in some laboratory values may occur and will be monitored by a simple blood test. You may not feel any symptoms if the changes are mild, and they usually are not a sign of a serious problem. More severe changes may occur, which can be a sign of a serious problem. Notify your care provider if you have any of the following: Shortness of breath Chest discomfort Weakness or fatigue New aches and pains Headaches Dizziness Swelling of your legs or feet Red or brown colored urine Decreased hemoglobin, part of the red blood cells that carry iron and oxygen Your hemoglobin should be monitored by a simple blood test. When your hemoglobin is low, you may notice that you get tired or fatigued more easily. Try to get 7–8 hours of sleep per night. Avoid operating heavy machinery if you feel too tired. Find a balance between work and rest. Stay as active as possible, but know that it is okay to rest as needed. You might notice that you are more pale than usual. Let your care provider know right away if you experience: Shortness of breath Dizziness Palpitations Fatigue You may be more tired than usual or have less energy. Stay as active as possible, but know it is okay to rest as needed. Try to do some activity every day. Plan your activities, and do them at a time of day when you feel a bit more energetic. Avoid operating heavy machinery if you feel too tired. Changes in kidney function Your kidney renal function will be checked periodically by a simple blood test. Contact your care provider if you notice any of the following: Decreased amount of urination Unusual swelling in your legs and feet Continued on the next page PANOBINOSTAT ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 6 If you experience ANY uncontrolled side effect, call your physician or healthcare center immediately: INSTITUTIONAL CONTACT INFO Pregnancy, sexual activity, and contraception Women should not become pregnant and men should not get a partner pregnant while taking panobinostat. Women of childbearing age and potential should use effective contraception during therapy and for a minimum of three months after the last dose of panobinostat. Sexually active men should use condoms while on treatment and for at least six months after their last dose of panobinostat. Do not breastfeed while taking panobinostat and for one month after the last dose of panobinostat. Please inform your care provider if you become pregnant. It is safe to hug and kiss. Special precautions may be needed for sexual activity while on oral chemotherapy, and you are encouraged to ask your care provider. Obtaining medication Talk with your care provider about the process for obtaining your panobinostat. PHARMACY OR SPECIALTY PHARMACY CONTACT INFO Possible Side Effect Management Nausea or vomiting Eat and drink slowly. Drink 8–10 glasses of water or fluid each day unless your care provider has instructed you to limit your fluid intake. Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day rather than a few large meals. Eat bland foods. Avoid spicy, fried, and greasy foods. Avoid vigorous exercise immediately after eating. Don’t lie down immediately after eating. Avoid strong odors. Let your provider know if you experience nausea or vomiting. Your provider may prescribe medication to help with the nausea or vomiting. PANOBINOSTAT ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 7 Additional resources Product website: http://www.us.farydak.com Product prescribing information: https://www.pharma.us.novartis.com/sites/www.pharma.us.novartis.com/ files/farydak.pdf Product resources: https://www.hcp.novartis.com/products/farydak/multiple myeloma/patient resources Updated — March 14, 2018 Additional instructions Important notice: The Association of Community Cancer Centers ACCC , Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association HOPA , National Community Oncology Dispensing Association, Inc. NCODA , and Oncology Nursing Society ONS have collaborated in gathering information for and developing this patient education guide. This guide represents a brief summary of the medication derived from information provided by the drug manufacturer and other resources. This guide does not cover all existing information related to the possible uses, directions, doses, precautions, warnings, interactions, adverse effects, or risks associated with this medication and should not substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional. Provision of this guide is for informational purposes only and does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of this medication by ACCC, HOPA, NCODA, or ONS, who assume no liability for and cannot ensure the accuracy of the information presented. The collaborators are not making any representations with respect to the medications whatsoever, and any and all decisions, with respect to such medications, are at the sole risk of the individual consuming the medication. All decisions related to taking this medication should be made with the guidance and under the direction of a qualified healthcare professional. Permission: Oral Chemotherapy Education OCE sheets are provided as a free educational resource for patients with cancer in need of concise, easy to understand information about oral cancer drugs. Healthcare providers are permitted to copy and distribute the sheets to patients as well as direct patients to the OCE website for information. However, commercial reproduction or reuse, as well as rebranding or reposting of any type, are strictly prohibited without permission of the copyright holder. Please email permission requests and licensing inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Copyright © 2018 by Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association. All rights reserved.

Femara®

(FEH-muh-ruh)

Femara® (Letrozole) is used in the treatment of certain types of hormone-dependent breast cancer in postmenopausal women.

Femara® (Letrozole) is used in the treatment of certain types of hormone-dependent breast cancer in postmenopausal women.

Page 1 LETROZOLE ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Name of your medication Generic name — letrozole LEH truh zole Brand name — Femara® FEH muh ruh Approved uses Letrozole is used in the treatment of certain types of hormone dependent breast cancer in postmenopausal women Dose and schedule Taking letrozole as instructed is important to allow your treatment to be as effective as possible so here are some key points to remember o Your dose may vary but the usual dose of letrozole is 2 5 milligrams 2 5 mg to be taken by mouth at a scheduled time once a day o Letrozole can be taken with or without food but at the same time each day o Letrozole should be taken whole and not crushed cut or dissolved If you are unable to swallow letrozole talk to your care provider or pharmacist for possible options o If you miss a dose of letrozole do not take an extra dose or two doses at one time Simply take your next dose at the regularly scheduled time Be sure to write down if you miss a dose and let your care provider know about any missed doses Storage and handling Handle letrozole with care Just like when chemotherapy is given into the vein this drug can be toxic and exposure of the drug to others should be limited o Store letrozole at room temperature 68°F–77°F in a dry location away from light o Keep letrozole out of reach of children and pets o Leave letrozole in the provided packaging until it is ready to be taken o Whenever possible give letrozole to yourself and follow the steps below If a family member friend or caregiver needs to give letrozole to you they also need to follow these steps 1 Wash hands with soap and water 2 Put on gloves to avoid touching the medication Gloves are not necessary if you give the drug to yourself 3 Gently transfer the letrozole from its package to a small medicine or other disposable cup 4 Administer the medicine immediately by mouth with water 5 Remove gloves and do not use them for anything else 6 Throw gloves and medicine cup in household trash 7 Wash hands with soap and water LETROZOLE ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 2 o If a daily pill box or pill reminder is used a separate one should be used for letrozole Do not mix other medications into the box with letrozole The person filling the box or reminder should wear gloves gloves are not necessary if you are filling the box or reminder When empty the box or reminder should be washed with soap and water before refilling Be sure to wash hands with soap and water after the task is complete whether or not gloves are worn o If you have any unused letrozole do not throw it in the trash and do not flush it down the sink or toilet Talk to your care provider or pharmacist about proper disposal of letrozole o If you are traveling put your letrozole in a sealed plastic bag Ask your pharmacist if any additional travel precautions are needed Handling body fluids and waste Because letrozole remains in your body for several days after it is taken some of the drug may be present in urine stool sweat or vomit Once you have started to take letrozole it is important to follow the instructions below every day for as long as your treatment lasts This is to keep yourself loved ones and the environment as safe as possible o Pregnant women should avoid touching anything that may be soiled with body fluids from the patient o Toilet and septic systems You may use the same toilet septic tank and/or sewer that you usually use If you have a low flow toilet close the lid and flush twice to ensure all waste has been discarded If the toilet or toilet seat becomes soiled with urine stool or vomit clean the surfaces before other people use the toilet Wash hands with soap and water after using the toilet o If you need a bedpan be sure your caregiver knows to wear gloves to assist with cleanup and to wash the bedpan with soap and water every day o If you do not have good control of bladder or bowels use a disposable pad with a plastic back a diaper or a sheet to absorb body waste o Wash any skin that has been exposed to body waste or letrozole with soap and water o Linens or clothing that are soiled with body fluids or body waste should be washed separately from other linens and clothing If you do not have a washer place the soiled linens in a plastic bag until they can be washed o Wash hands with soap and water after touching linens or clothing that may be soiled with body fluids Drug and food interactions o Letrozole has many drug interactions Inform your care providers of all prescription medications over the counter medications vitamins and herbal products o Talk with your care provider or pharmacist before taking new medications or supplements or receiving any vaccines LETROZOLE ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 3 Side Effects of Letrozole The common side effects that have been known to happen in more than 30% of patients taking letrozole are listed in the left side of this table You MAY NOT experience these side effects Options to help manage any side effects that do occur are included on the right side of this table These should be discussed with your care provider If you experience any side effect you cannot manage or that is not listed here contact your care provider Possible Side Effect Management Changes in electrolytes and other laboratory values High cholesterol levels Changes in some laboratory values may occur and will be monitored by a simple blood test You may not feel any symptoms if the changes are mild and they usually are not a sign of a serious problem More severe changes may occur which can be a sign of a serious problem Notify your care provider if you have any of the following Shortness of breath Chest discomfort Weakness or fatigue New aches and pains Headaches Dizziness Swelling of your legs or feet Red or brown colored urine Hot flashes sudden sweating and feelings of warmth If hot flashes are bothersome Mild regular exercise program may help Consult first with your care provider Try staying in a cool environment Wear layers so that you can remove outer layers when experiencing a hot flash Avoid or limit caffeine spicy food alcohol and stress which may worsen hot flashes Inform your care provider if your hot flashes are bothersome as there may be medications that can help Muscle or joint pain or weakness Keep a diary of your pain including a description of when and where the pain is occurring what it feels like and how long it lasts Stay as active as possible but know that it is okay to rest as needed too Tell your care provider if pain interferes with your activity If the pain or weakness bothers you ask your provider how you may ease this discomfort Take only pain medication that has been prescribed or recommended by your care provider LETROZOLE ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 4 If you experience ANY uncontrolled side effect call your physician or healthcare center immediately INSTITUTIONAL CONTACT INFO Pregnancy sexual activity and contraception o Women should not become pregnant and men should not get a partner pregnant while taking letrozole Men and women of childbearing age and potential should use effective contraception during therapy and for a minimum of one month after the last dose of letrozole o Do not breastfeed while taking letrozole and for one month after the last dose of letrozole o Inform your care provider if you become pregnant o It is safe to hug and kiss Special precautions may be needed for sexual activity while on oral chemotherapy and you are encouraged to ask your care provider Obtaining medication o Talk with your care provider about the process for obtaining your letrozole PHARMACY OR SPECIALTY PHARMACY CONTACT INFO Additional resources Product website www femara com Product prescribing information www pharma us novartis com/sites/www pharma us novartis com/files/ Femara pdf Updated – September 3 2017 LETROZOLE ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 5 Additional instructions Important notice The Association of Community Cancer Centers ACCC Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association HOPA National Community Oncology Dispensing Association Inc NCODA and Oncology Nursing Society ONS have collaborated in gathering information for and developing this patient education guide This guide represents a brief summary of the medication derived from information provided by the drug manufacturer and other resources This guide does not cover all existing information related to the possible uses directions doses precautions warnings interactions adverse effects or risks associated with this medication and should not substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional Provision of this guide is for informational purposes only and does not constitute or imply endorsement recommendation or favoring of this medication by ACCC HOPA NCODA or ONS who assume no liability for and cannot ensure the accuracy of the information presented The collaborators are not making any representations with respect to the medications whatsoever and any and all decisions with respect to such medications are at the sole risk of the individual consuming the medication All decisions related to taking this medication should be made with the guidance and under the direction of a qualified healthcare professional Permission Oral Chemotherapy Education OCE sheets are provided as a free educational resource for patients with cancer in need of concise easy to understand information about oral cancer drugs Healthcare providers are permitted to copy and distribute the sheets to patients as well as direct patients to the OCE website for information However commercial reproduction or reuse as well as rebranding or reposting of any type are strictly prohibited without permission of the copyright holder Please email permission requests and licensing inquiries to Contact@NCODA org Copyright © 2017 by Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association All rights reserved

Flutamide

(FLOO-tuh-mide)

Flutamide (N-A) is used to treat prostate cancer.

Flutamide (N-A) is used to treat prostate cancer.

ShowAll FLUTAMIDE ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Name of your medication Generic name — flutamide FLOO-tuh-mide Brand name — none Approved uses Flutamide is used to treat prostate cancer Dose and schedule Taking flutamide as instructed is important to allow your treatment to be as effective as possible so here are some key points to remember o Your dose may vary but the usual dose of flutamide is 250 milligrams 250 mg to be taken by mouth at scheduled times three times a day every eight hours o Flutamide can be taken with or without food but at the same time each day o Flutamide should be taken whole and not crushed cut or dissolved If you are unable to swallow flutamide talk to your care provider or pharmacist for possible options o If you miss a dose of flutamide do not take an extra dose or two doses at one time Simply take your next dose at the regularly scheduled time Be sure to write down if you miss a dose and let your care provider know about any missed doses Storage and handling Handle flutamide with care Just like when chemotherapy is given into the vein this drug can be toxic and exposure of the drug to others should be limited o Store flutamide at room temperature 68°F–77°F in a dry location away from light o Keep flutamide out of reach of children and pets o Leave flutamide in the provided packaging until it is ready to be taken o Whenever possible give flutamide to yourself and follow the steps below If a family member friend or caregiver needs to give flutamide to you they also need to follow these steps: 1 Wash hands with soap and water 2 Put on gloves to avoid touching the medication Gloves are not necessary if you give the drug to yourself 3 Gently transfer the flutamide from its package to a small medicine or other disposable cup 4 Administer the medicine immediately by mouth with water 5 Remove gloves and do not use them for anything else 6 Throw gloves and medicine cup in household trash 7 Wash hands with soap and water FLUTAMIDE ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 2 o If a daily pill box or pill reminder is used a separate one should be used for flutamide Do not mix other medications into the box with flutamide The person filling the box or reminder should wear gloves Gloves are not necessary if you are filling the box or reminder When empty the box or reminder should be washed with soap and water before refilling Be sure to wash hands with soap and water after the task is complete whether or not gloves are worn o If you have any unused flutamide do not throw it in the trash and do not flush it down the sink or toilet Talk to your care provider or pharmacist about proper disposal of flutamide o If you are traveling put your flutamide in a sealed plastic bag Ask your pharmacist if any additional travel precautions are needed Handling body fluids and waste Flutamide remains in your body for several days after it is taken so some of the drug may be present in urine stool sweat or vomit Once you have started to take flutamide it is important to follow the instructions below every day for as long as your treatment lasts This will keep yourself loved ones and the environment as safe as possible o Pregnant women should avoid touching anything that may be soiled with body fluids from the patient o Toilet and septic systems You may use the same toilet septic tank and/or sewer that you usually use If you have a low-flow toilet close the lid and flush twice to ensure all waste has been discarded If the toilet or toilet seat becomes soiled with urine stool or vomit clean the surfaces before other people use the toilet Wash hands with soap and water after using the toilet o If you need a bedpan be sure your caregiver knows to wear gloves to assist with cleanup and to wash the bedpan with soap and water every day o If you do not have good control of bladder or bowels use a disposable pad with a plastic back a diaper or a sheet to absorb body waste o Wash any skin that has been exposed to body waste or flutamide with soap and water o Linens or clothing that are soiled with body fluids or body waste should be washed separately from other linens and clothing If you do not have a washer place the soiled linens in a plastic bag until they can be washed o Wash hands with soap and water after touching linens or clothing that may be soiled with body fluids Drug and food interactions o Flutamide has many drug interactions Inform your care providers of all prescription medications over-the-counter medications vitamins and herbal products that you are taking o Talk with your care provider or pharmacist before taking new medications or supplements or receiving any vaccines Serious side effects o Flutamide can cause liver damage Speak to your care provider to know when you need to have laboratory tests done to monitor your liver function You may need to take a break or “hold” your medication if changes in liver function occur FLUTAMIDE ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 3 Side Effects of Flutamide The common side effects that have been known to happen in more than 30% of patients taking flutamide are listed in the left side of this table You MAY NOT experience these side effects Options to help manage any side effects that do occur are included on the right side of this table These should be discussed with your care provider If you experience any side effect you cannot manage or that is not listed here contact your care provider Possible Side Effect Management Hot flashes sudden sweating and feelings of warmth If hot flashes are bothersome: Follow a regular exercise program Even mild exercise may help Try staying in a cool environment Wear layers so that you can remove outer layers when experiencing a hot flash Avoid or limit caffeine spicy food alcohol and stress which may worsen hot flashes Inform your care provider if your hot flashes are bothersome as there may be medications that can help Decreased sex drive and/or impotence Talk to your care provider about available options Diarrhea loose and/ or urgent bowel movements Monitor how many bowel movements you have each day Drink 8–10 glasses of water or fluid each day unless your care provider has instructed you to limit your fluid intake related to some other health problem Eat small frequent meals throughout the day rather than a few large meals Eat bland low-fiber foods e g bananas applesauce potatoes chicken rice toast Avoid high-fiber foods such as raw vegetables raw fruits and whole grains Avoid foods that cause gas such as broccoli and beans Avoid lactose-containing foods such as yogurt and milk Avoid spicy fried and greasy foods Contact your provider if any of the following occur: The number of bowel movements you have in a day increases by four or more You feel dizzy or lightheaded Your care provider may recommend an over-the-counter medication called loperamide Imodium® to help with your diarrhea but talk to your care provider before starting this medication If you experience ANY uncontrolled side effect call your physician or healthcare center immediately: _ INSTITUTIONAL CONTACT INFO FLUTAMIDE ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 4 Pregnancy sexual activity and contraception o Women should not become pregnant and men should not get a partner pregnant while taking flutamide Men and women of childbearing age and potential should use effective contraception during therapy and for a minimum of one month after the last dose of flutamide o Inform your care provider if you become pregnant o It is safe to hug and kiss Special precautions may be needed for sexual activity while on flutamide and you are encouraged to ask your care provider Obtaining medication Talk with your care provider about how to obtain your flutamide PHARMACY OR SPECIALTY PHARMACY CONTACT INFO Additional resources Product prescribing information: https://dailymed nlm nih gov/dailymed/drugInfo cfm?setid=d037fb0c-881f -43d2-8693-aa1342d0130a Updated – August 20 2017 Additional instructions Important notice: The Association of Community Cancer Centers ACCC Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association HOPA National Community Oncology Dispensing Association Inc NCODA and Oncology Nursing Society ONS have collaborated in gathering information for and developing this patient education guide This guide represents a brief summary of the medication derived from information provided by the drug manufacturer and other resources This guide does not cover all existing information related to the possible uses directions doses precautions warnings interactions adverse effects or risks associated with this medication and should not substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional Provision of this guide is for informational purposes only and does not constitute or imply endorsement recommendation or favoring of this medication by ACCC HOPA NCODA or ONS who assume no liability for and cannot ensure the accuracy of the information presented The collaborators are not making any representations with respect to the medications whatsoever and any and all decisions with respect to such medications are at the sole risk of the individual consuming the medication All decisions related to taking this medication should be made with the guidance and under the direction of a qualified healthcare professional Permission: Oral Chemotherapy Education OCE sheets are provided as a free educational resource for patients with cancer in need of concise easy-to-understand information about oral cancer drugs Healthcare providers are permitted to copy and distribute the sheets to patients as well as direct patients to the OCE website for information However commercial reproduction or reuse as well as rebranding or reposting of any type are strictly prohibited without permission of the copyright holder Please email permission requests and licensing inquiries to Contact@NCODA org Copyright © 2017 by Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association All rights reserved

Gefitinib

(geh-FIH-tih-nib)

Gefitinib (Iressa®) is used to treat adults with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that has a genetic mutation called epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR).

Gefitinib (Iressa®) is used to treat adults with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that has a genetic mutation called epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR).

Page 1 GEFITINIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Name of your medication Generic name — gefitinib geh FIH tih nib Brand name — Iressa® i REH suh Approved uses Gefitinib is used to treat adults with metastatic non small cell lung cancer NSCLC that has a genetic mutation called epidermal growth factor receptor EGFR . Dose and schedule Taking gefitinib as instructed is important to allow your treatment to be as effective as possible, so here are some key points to remember. Your dose may vary, but the usual dose of gefitinib is 250 milligrams 250 mg to be taken by mouth at a scheduled time once a day. Gefitinib can be taken with or without food at the same time each day. Gefitinib should be taken whole and not crushed, cut, or dissolved. If you are unable to swallow gefitinib, talk to your care provider or pharmacist for possible options. If you miss a dose of gefitinib: – Only take the missed dose if it has been less than 12 hours since you were supposed to take it. Then take the next dose at the regularly scheduled time. – Do not take the missed dose if it has been more than 12 hours since you should have taken it. Simply take your next dose at the regularly scheduled time. – Do not take two doses at one time. – Be sure to write down if you miss a dose and notify your care provider about any missed doses. Storage and handling Handle gefitinib with care. Just like when chemotherapy is given into the vein, this drug can be toxic, and exposure of the drug to others should be limited. Store gefitinib at room temperature 68°F–77°F in a dry location away from light. Keep gefitinib out of reach of children and pets. Leave gefitinib in the provided packaging until it is ready to be taken. Whenever possible, you should give gefitinib to yourself and follow the steps below. If a family member, friend, or caregiver needs to give the gefitinib to you, they also need to follow these steps: 1. Wash hands with soap and water. 2. Put on gloves to avoid touching the medication. Gloves are not necessary if you give the drug to yourself. 3. Gently transfer the gefitinib from its package to a small medicine or other disposable cup. 4. Administer the medicine immediately by mouth with water. 5. Remove gloves and do not use them for anything else. 6. Throw gloves and medicine cup in household trash. 7. Wash hands with soap and water. GEFITINIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 2 If a daily pill box or pill reminder is used, a separate one should be used for gefitinib. Do not mix other medications into the box with gefitinib. The person filling the box or reminder should wear gloves. Gloves are not necessary if you are filling the box or reminder. When empty, the box or reminder should be washed with soap and water before refilling. Be sure to wash hands with soap and water after the task is complete, whether or not gloves are worn. If you have any unused gefitinib, do not throw it in the trash and do not flush it down the sink or toilet. Talk to your care provider or pharmacist about proper disposal of gefitinib. If you are traveling, put your gefitinib in a sealed plastic bag. Ask your pharmacist if any additional travel precautions are needed. Handling body fluids and waste Gefitinib remains in your body for several days after it is taken, so some of the drug may be present in urine, stool, sweat, or vomit. Once you have started to take gefitinib, it is important to follow the instructions below every day for as long as your treatment lasts. This will keep yourself, loved ones, and the environment as safe as possible. Pregnant women should avoid touching anything that may be soiled with body fluids from the patient. Toilet and septic systems You may use the same toilet, septic tank, and/or sewer that you usually use. If you have a low flow toilet, close the lid and flush twice to ensure all waste has been discarded. If the toilet or toilet seat becomes soiled with urine, stool, or vomit, clean the surfaces before other people use the toilet. Wash hands with soap and water after using the toilet. If you need a bedpan, be sure your caregiver knows to wear gloves to assist with cleanup and to wash the bedpan with soap and water every day. If you do not have good control of bladder or bowels, use a disposable pad with a plastic back, a diaper, or a sheet to absorb body waste. Wash any skin that has been exposed to body waste or gefitinib with soap and water. Linens or clothing that are soiled with body fluids or body waste should be washed separately from other linens and clothing. If you do not have a washer, place the soiled linens in a plastic bag until they can be washed. Wash hands with soap and water after touching linens or clothing that may be soiled with body fluids. Drug and food interactions Gefitinib has many drug interactions. Inform your care providers of all prescription medications, over the counter medications, vitamins, and herbal products. Grapefruit or grapefruit juice may interact with gefitinib, so avoid eating or drinking these during treatment with gefitinib. Talk with your care provider or pharmacist before taking new medications or supplements or receiving any vaccines. GEFITINIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 3 Side Effects of Gefitinib The common side effects that have been known to happen in more than 30% of patients taking gefitinib are listed in the left side of this table. You MAY NOT experience these side effects. Options to help manage any side effects that do occur are included on the right side of this table. These should be discussed with your care provider. If you experience any side effect you cannot manage or that is not listed here, contact your care provider. Possible Side Effect Management Acne like rash A rash that looks like acne may develop on your face, chest, and upper back while taking this medication. Your doctor may prescribe medication to help prevent or manage the rash. If you do get a rash, keep the surrounding area clean and dry. Check with your care provider before using anything to treat the rash. Do not use over the counter acne treatments, such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, or soaps containing alcohol. Oatmeal baths and unscented moisturizers may help with itching. Sunlight can make symptoms worse. – Avoid sun exposure as much as possible to decrease the risk of sunburn. The highest exposure to UV ultraviolet radiation occurs from the hours of 10 am through 4 pm. – Wear long sleeved clothing with UV protection, if possible. – Wear broad brimmed hats. – Apply broad spectrum sunscreen UVA/UVB with at least SPF 30 as often as directed on the bottle. – Use lip balm with at least SPF 30 Changes in liver function Your liver function will be checked periodically by a simple blood test. Contact your care provider if you notice any of the following: Yellowing of the skin or whites of your eyes Dark or brown urine Bleeding or bruising Kidney damage Your care provider will monitor your kidney function by checking the amount of protein in your urine. If you experience ANY uncontrolled side effect, call your physician or healthcare center immediately: INSTITUTIONAL CONTACT INFO GEFITINIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 4 Pregnancy, sexual activity, and contraception Women should not become pregnant and men should not get a partner pregnant while taking gefitinib. Men and women of childbearing age and potential should use effective contraception during therapy and for a minimum of two weeks after the last dose of gefitinib. Do not breastfeed while taking gefitinib and for two weeks after the last dose of gefitinib. Inform your care provider if you become pregnant. It is safe to hug and kiss, but special precautions may be needed for sexual activity while on oral chemotherapy. You are encouraged to talk to your care provider. Obtaining medication Talk with your care provider about how to obtain your gefitinib. PHARMACY OR SPECIALTY PHARMACY CONTACT INFO Additional resources Product website: www.iressa usa.com Product prescribing information: www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda docs/label/2015/206995s000lbl.pdf Product resources: www.iressa usa.com/lung cancer support/nsclc resources.html Updated – February 4, 2018 Additional instructions Important notice: The Association of Community Cancer Centers ACCC , Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association HOPA , National Community Oncology Dispensing Association, Inc. NCODA , and Oncology Nursing Society ONS have collaborated in gathering information for and developing this patient education guide. This guide represents a brief summary of the medication derived from information provided by the drug manufacturer and other resources. This guide does not cover all existing information related to the possible uses, directions, doses, precautions, warnings, interactions, adverse effects, or risks associated with this medication and should not substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional. Provision of this guide is for informational purposes only and does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of this medication by ACCC, HOPA, NCODA, or ONS, who assume no liability for and cannot ensure the accuracy of the information presented. The collaborators are not making any representations with respect to the medications whatsoever, and any and all decisions, with respect to such medications, are at the sole risk of the individual consuming the medication. All decisions related to taking this medication should be made with the guidance and under the direction of a qualified healthcare professional. Permission: Oral Chemotherapy Education OCE sheets are provided as a free educational resource for patients with cancer in need of concise, easy to understand information about oral cancer drugs. Healthcare providers are permitted to copy and distribute the sheets to patients as well as direct patients to the OCE website for information. However, commercial reproduction or reuse, as well as rebranding or reposting of any type, are strictly prohibited without permission of the copyright holder. Please email permission requests and licensing inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Copyright © 2018 by Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association. All rights reserved.

Gilotrif®

(JEE-loh-trif)

Gilotrif® (Afatinib) is used to treat people with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with an epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) genetic mutation or a squamous cell type of NSCLC.

Gilotrif® (Afatinib) is used to treat people with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with an epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) genetic mutation or a squamous cell type of NSCLC.

Page 1 AFATINIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Name of your medication Generic name — afatinib ay-FA-tih-nib Brand name — Gilotrif® JEE-loh-trif Approved uses Afatinib is used to treat people with non-small cell lung cancer NSCLC with an epidermal growth factor receptor EGFR genetic mutation or a squamous cell type of NSCLC. Dose and schedule Taking afatinib as instructed is important to allow your treatment to be as effective as possible, so here are some key points to remember. o Your dose may vary, but the usual dose of afatinib is 40 milligrams 40 mg to be taken by mouth once daily. The dose may be adjusted by your care provider based on your individual needs. o Afatinib must be taken without food at least one hour before or two hours after a meal or snack at the same time each day. o Afatinib should be taken whole and not crushed, cut, or dissolved. If you are unable to swallow afatinib, talk to your care provider or pharmacist for possible options. o If you miss a dose of afatinib: Only take the missed dose if it has been less than 12 hours since you were supposed to take it. Then, take the next dose at the regularly scheduled time. Do not take the missed dose if it has been more than 12 hours since you should have taken it. Simply take the next dose at the regularly scheduled time. Do not take two doses at one time. Be sure to write down if you miss a dose and let your care provider know about any missed doses. Storage and handling Handle afatinib with care. Just like when chemotherapy is given into the vein, this drug can be toxic, and exposure of the drug to others should be limited. o Store afatinib at room temperature 68°F–77°F in a dry location away from light. o Keep afatinib out of reach of children and pets. o Leave afatinib in the provided packaging until it is ready to be taken. o Whenever possible, give afatinib to yourself and follow the steps below. If a family member, friend, or caregiver needs to give afatinib to you, they also need to follow these steps: 1. Wash hands with soap and water. 2. Put on gloves to avoid touching the medication. Gloves are not necessary if you give the drug to yourself. 3. Gently transfer the afatinib from its package to a small medicine or other disposable cup. 4. Administer the medicine immediately by mouth with water. AFATINIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 2 5. Remove gloves and do not use them for anything else. 6. Throw gloves and medicine cup in household trash. 7. Wash hands with soap and water. o If a daily pill box or pill reminder is used, a separate one should be used for afatinib. Do not mix other medications into the box with afatinib. The person filling the box or reminder should wear gloves. Gloves are not necessary if you are filling the box or reminder. When empty, the box or reminder should be washed with soap and water before refilling. Be sure to wash hands with soap and water after the task is complete, whether or not gloves are worn. o If you have any unused afatinib, do not throw it in the trash and do not flush it down the sink or toilet. Talk to your care provider or pharmacist about proper disposal of afatinib. o If you are traveling, put your afatinib in a sealed plastic bag. Ask your pharmacist if any additional travel precautions are needed. Handling body fluids and waste Afatinib remains in your body for several days after it is taken, so some of the drug may be present in urine, stool, sweat, or vomit. Once you have started to take afatinib, it is important to follow the instructions below every day for as long as your treatment lasts. This will keep yourself, loved ones, and the environment as safe as possible. o Pregnant women should avoid touching anything that may be soiled with body fluids from the patient. o Toilet and septic systems You may use the same toilet, septic tank, and/or sewer that you usually use. If you have a low-flow toilet, close the lid and flush twice to ensure all waste has been discarded. If the toilet or toilet seat becomes soiled with urine, stool, or vomit, clean the surfaces before other people use the toilet. Wash hands with soap and water after using the toilet. o If you need a bedpan, be sure your caregiver knows to wear gloves to assist with cleanup and to wash the bedpan with soap and water every day. o If you do not have good control of bladder or bowels, use a disposable pad with a plastic back, a diaper, or a sheet to absorb body waste. o Wash any skin that has been exposed to body waste or afatinib with soap and water. o Linens or clothing that are soiled with body fluids or body waste should be washed separately from other linens and clothing. If you do not have a washer, place the soiled linens in a plastic bag until they can be washed. o Wash hands with soap and water after touching linens or clothing that may be soiled with body fluids. Drug and food interactions o Afatinib has many drug interactions. Inform your care providers of all prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal products that you are taking. o Afatinib should be taken without food. o Talk with your care provider or pharmacist before taking new medications or supplements, or receiving any vaccines. AFATINIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 3 Side Effects of Afatinib The common side effects that have been known to happen in more than 30% of patients taking afatinib are listed in the left side of this table. You MAY NOT experience these side effects. Options to help manage any side effects that do occur are included on the right side of this table. These should be discussed with your care provider. If you experience any side effect you cannot manage or that is not listed here, contact your care provider. Possible Side Effect Management Changes in electrolytes and other laboratory values Low potassium levels Changes in some lab values may occur and will be monitored by a simple blood test. You may not feel any symptoms if the changes are mild, and they usually are not a sign of a serious problem. More severe changes may occur, which can be a sign of a serious problem. Notify your care provider if you have any of the following: Shortness of breath Chest discomfort Weakness or fatigue New aches and pains Headaches Dizziness Swelling of your legs or feet Red- or brown-colored urine Diarrhea loose and/or urgent bowel movements Monitor how many bowel movements you have each day. Drink 8–10 glasses of water or fluid each day unless your care provider has instructed you to limit your fluid intake related to some other health problem. Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day rather than a few large meals. Eat bland, low-fiber foods e.g., bananas, applesauce, potatoes, chicken, rice, toast . Avoid high-fiber foods, such as raw vegetables, raw fruits, and whole grains. Avoid foods that cause gas, such as broccoli and beans. Avoid lactose-containing foods, such as yogurt and milk. Avoid spicy, fried, and greasy foods. Contact your provider if any of the following occur: The number of bowel movements you have in a day increases by four or more. You feel dizzy or lightheaded. Your care provider may recommend an over-the-counter medication called loperamide Imodium® to help with your diarrhea, but talk to your care provider before starting this medication. Nail changes Usually changes start at the cuticle and may affect the skin around the nail. Biting, chewing, or picking at your nails can increase the risk for infection. Talk to your care provider if you notice any changes in your nails. Continued on the next page AFATINIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 4 Possible Side Effect Management Decreased white blood cells WBCs and increased risk for infection Your WBCs should be monitored by a simple blood test. When your WBCs are low, you are at a greater risk of having an infection. Take the following precautions to protect yourself from infection. Wash your hands often, especially before eating and after using the bathroom. Avoid crowds and people with fevers, flu, or other infection. Bathe regularly to keep good personal hygiene. Contact your care provider if you experience any signs or symptoms of an infection such as: Fever temperature more than 100.4°F or 38°C Chills Sore throat Burning with urination Unusual tiredness A sore that becomes red, is draining, or does not heal Check with your care provider before taking any medicine for a fever or chills. Mouth irritation or sores Practice good mouth care. Rinse your mouth frequently. Brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush or cotton swab after meals. Use a mild nonalcohol mouth rinse at least four times a day after eating and at bedtime . For example, you can use a mixture of 1/8 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of warm not hot water. If you have sores in your mouth, avoid using tobacco products, alcohol, and mouthwashes that contain alcohol. Call your care provider if you experience pain or sores in your mouth or throat. Rash or itchy skin Keep your skin moisturized with creams and moisturizing lotions to decrease the risk of rash or itchiness, and wear loose fitting clothing. Avoid using perfumes and cologne as these products may increase rash symptoms. Avoid being in the heat for long periods of time. Your provider may recommend an over-the-counter antihistamine or a topical cream. Sunlight can make symptoms worse. Avoid sun exposure as much as possible to decrease the risk of sunburn. The highest exposure to ultraviolet UV radiation occurs from 10 am–4 pm. Wear long-sleeved clothing, with UV protection if possible. Wear broad-brimmed hats. Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen UVA/UVB with at least SPF 30 as often as directed on the bottle. If your rash or itching continues to worsen, contact your care provider. Continued on the next page AFATINIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 5 Possible Side Effect Management Changes in liver function Your liver function will be checked periodically by a simple blood test. Contact your care provider if you notice any of the following: Yellowing of the skin or whites of your eyes Dark or brown urine Unusual bleeding or bruising Changes in kidney function Your kidney renal function will be checked periodically by a simple blood test. Contact your care provider if you notice either of the following: Decreased amount of urination Unusual swelling in your legs and feet Acne-like rash A rash that looks like acne may appear on your face, chest, and upper back while taking this medication. Your doctor may prescribe medication to help prevent or manage the rash. If you get a rash, keep the area around it clean and dry. Check with your care provider before using anything to treat it. Do not use over-the-counter acne treatments, such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, and soaps containing alcohol. Oatmeal baths and unscented moisturizers may help with itching. Sunlight can make symptoms worse. Avoid sun exposure as much as possible to decrease the risk of sunburn. The highest exposure to ultraviolet UV radiation occurs from 10 am–4 pm. Wear long-sleeved clothing, with UV protection if possible. Wear broad-brimmed hats. Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen UVA/UVB with at least SPF 30 as often as directed on the bottle. Use lip balm with at least SPF 30. If you experience ANY uncontrolled side effect, call your physician or healthcare center immediately: INSTITUTIONAL CONTACT INFO AFATINIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 6 Important notice: The Association of Community Cancer Centers ACCC , Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association HOPA , National Community Oncology Dispensing Association, Inc. NCODA , and Oncology Nursing Society ONS have collaborated in gathering information for and developing this patient education guide. This guide represents a brief summary of the medication derived from information provided by the drug manufacturer and other resources. This guide does not cover all existing information related to the possible uses, directions, doses, precautions, warnings, interactions, adverse effects, or risks associated with this medication and should not substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional. Provision of this guide is for informational purposes only and does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of this medication by ACCC, HOPA, NCODA, or ONS, who assume no liability for and cannot ensure the accuracy of the information presented. The collaborators are not making any representations with respect to the medications whatsoever, and any and all decisions, with respect to such medications, are at the sole risk of the individual consuming the medication. All decisions related to taking this medication should be made with the guidance and under the direction of a qualified healthcare professional. Permission: Oral Chemotherapy Education OCE sheets are provided as a free educational resource for patients with cancer in need of concise, easy-to-understand information about oral cancer drugs. Healthcare providers are permitted to copy and distribute the sheets to patients as well as direct patients to the OCE website for information. However, commercial reproduction or reuse, as well as rebranding or reposting of any type, are strictly prohibited without permission of the copyright holder. Please email permission requests and licensing inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Copyright © 2017 by Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association. All rights reserved. Pregnancy, sexual activity, and contraception o Women should not become pregnant and men should not get a partner pregnant while taking afatinib. Men and women of childbearing age and potential should use effective contraception during therapy and for a minimum of two weeks after the last dose of afatinib. o Do not breastfeed while taking afatinib and for two weeks after the last dose of afatinib. o Inform your care provider if you become pregnant. o It is safe to hug and kiss. Special precautions may be needed for sexual activity while on afatinib, and you are encouraged to ask your care provider. Obtaining medication Talk with your care provider about how to obtain your afatinib. PHARMACY OR SPECIALTY PHARMACY CONTACT INFO Additional resources Product website: http://www.gilotrif.com Product prescribing information: http://www.gilotrifhcp.com/dosing-prescribing Product resources: http://www.gilotrif.com/patient-resources/patient-resources.html Updated – August 22, 2017 Additional instructions

Gleevec®

(GLEE-vek)

Gleevec® (Imatinib) is used to treat adult and pediatric patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) that is Philadelphia chromosome–positive (Ph+) and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) that is Ph+. Other approved uses in adults include the following:

  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumors ...

Gleevec® (Imatinib) is used to treat adult and pediatric patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) that is Philadelphia chromosome–positive (Ph+) and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) that is Ph+. Other ...

Page 1 IMATINIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Name of your medication Generic name — imatinib ih MA tih nib Brand name — Gleevec® GLEE vek Approved uses Imatinib is used to treat adult and pediatric patients with chronic myeloid leukemia CML that is Philadelphia chromosome–positive Ph+ and acute lymphoblastic leukemia ALL that is Ph+. Other approved uses in adults include the following: Gastrointestinal stromal tumors GISTs that are Kit CD117 positive Myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative diseases MDS/MPD with platelet derived growth factor receptor PDGFR gene rearrangements Aggressive systemic mastocytosis ASM without the D816V c Kit mutation Hypereosinophilic syndrome and/or chronic eosinophilic leukemia CEL Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans DFSP Dose and schedule Taking imatinib as instructed is important to allow your treatment to be as effective as possible, so here are some key points to remember. Your dose may vary, but the usual dose of imatinib is 100 milligrams 100 mg to 600 milligrams 600 mg to be taken by mouth at a scheduled time once a day. Imatinib should be taken with food at the same time each day. Imatinib should be taken whole and not crushed, cut, or dissolved. If you are unable to swallow imatinib, talk to your care provider or pharmacist for possible options. If you miss a dose of imatinib, do not take an extra dose or two doses at one time. Simply take your next dose at the regularly scheduled time. Be sure to write down if you miss a dose, and let your care provider know about any missed doses. Storage and handling Handle imatinib with care. Just like when chemotherapy is given into the vein, this drug can be toxic, and exposure of the drug to others should be limited. Store imatinib at room temperature 68°F–77°F in a dry location away from light. Keep imatinib out of reach of children and pets. Leave imatinib in the provided packaging until it is ready to be taken. Whenever possible, give imatinib to yourself and follow the steps below. If a family member, friend, or caregiver needs to give imatinib to you, they may also need to follow these steps: 1. Wash hands with soap and water. 2. Put on gloves to avoid touching the medication. Gloves are not necessary if you give the drug to yourself. 3. Gently transfer the imatinib from its package to a small medicine or other disposable cup. 4. Administer the medicine immediately by mouth with water. IMATINIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 2 5. Remove gloves and do not use them for anything else. 6. Throw gloves and medicine cup in household trash. 7. Wash hands with soap and water. A daily pill box or pill reminder is not recommended for use with imatinib. If you have any unused imatinib, do not throw it in the trash and do not flush it down the sink or toilet. Talk to your care provider or pharmacist about proper disposal of imatinib. If you are traveling, put your imatinib in a sealed plastic bag. Ask your pharmacist if any additional travel precautions are needed. Handling body fluids and waste Since imatinib remains in your body for several days after it is taken, some of the drug may be present in urine, stool, sweat, or vomit. Once you have started to take imatinib, it is important to follow the instructions below every day for as long as your treatment lasts. This will keep yourself, loved ones, and the environment as safe as possible. Pregnant women should avoid touching anything that may be soiled with body fluids from the patient. Toilet and septic systems You may use the same toilet, septic tank, and/or sewer that you usually use. If you have a low flow toilet, close the lid and flush twice to ensure all waste has been discarded. If the toilet or toilet seat becomes soiled with urine, stool, or vomit, clean the surfaces before other people use the toilet. Wash hands with soap and water after using the toilet. If you need a bedpan, be sure your caregiver knows to wear gloves to assist with cleanup and to wash the bedpan with soap and water every day. If you do not have good control of bladder or bowels, use a disposable pad with a plastic back, a diaper, or a sheet to absorb body waste. Wash any skin that has been exposed to body waste or imatinib with soap and water. Linens or clothing that are soiled with body fluids or body waste should be washed separately from other linens and clothing. If you do not have a washer, place the soiled linens in a plastic bag until they can be washed. Wash hands with soap and water after touching linens or clothing that may be soiled with body fluids. Drug and food interactions Imatinib has many drug interactions. Inform your care providers of all prescription medications, over the counter medications, vitamins, and herbal products that you are taking. Imatinib should be taken with food. Grapefruit or grapefruit juice may interact with imatinib; avoid eating or drinking these during your treatment with imatinib. Talk with your care provider or pharmacist before taking new medications or supplements, or receiving any vaccines. IMATINIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 3 Side Effects of Imatinib The common side effects that have been known to happen in more than 30% of patients taking imatinib are listed in the left side of this table. You MAY NOT experience these side effects. Options to help manage any side effects that do occur are included on the right side of this table. These should be discussed with your care provider. If you experience any side effect you cannot manage or that is not listed here, contact your care provider. Possible Side Effect Management Decreased white blood cells WBCs and increased risk for infection Your WBCs should be monitored by a simple blood test. When your WBCs are low, you are at a greater risk of having an infection. Take the following precautions to protect yourself from infection. Wash your hands often, especially before eating and after using the bathroom. Avoid crowds and people with fevers, flu, or other infection. Bathe regularly to keep good personal hygiene. Contact your care provider if you experience any signs or symptoms of an infection such as: Fever temperature more than 100.4°F or 38°C Chills Sore throat Burning with urination Unusual tiredness A sore that becomes red, is draining, or does not heal Check with your care provider before taking any medicine for a fever or chills. Decreased platelet count and increased risk of bleeding Your platelets should be monitored by a simple blood test. When they are low, you may bruise or bleed more easily than usual. Use caution to avoid bruises, cuts, or burns. Blow your nose gently, and do not pick your nose. Brush your teeth gently with a soft toothbrush, and maintain good oral hygiene. When shaving, use an electronic razor instead of razor blades. Use a nail file instead of nail clippers. Call your care provider if you have bleeding that won’t stop. Examples include: A bloody nose that bleeds for more than 5 minutes despite pressure A cut that continues to ooze despite pressure Gums that bleed excessively when you floss or brush Seek medical help immediately if you experience any severe headaches, observe blood in your urine or stool, cough up blood, or experience prolonged and uncontrollable bleeding. You may need to take a break or hold your medication for medical or dental procedures. Talk to your care provider or dentist before any scheduled procedures. Continued on the next page IMATINIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 4 Possible Side Effect Management Decreased hemoglobin, part of the red blood cells that carry iron and oxygen Your hemoglobin should be monitored by a simple blood test. When your hemoglobin is low, you may notice that you get tired or fatigued more easily. Try to get 7–8 hours of sleep per night. Avoid operating heavy machinery if you feel too tired. Find a balance between work and rest. Stay as active as possible, but know that it is okay to rest as needed. You might notice that you are more pale than usual. Let your care provider know right away if you experience any of the following: Shortness of breath Dizziness Palpitations Fluid retention or swelling Do not stand for long periods of time. Keep your legs elevated when sitting or lying down. Avoid eating salty foods, which can increase swelling. Avoid wearing tight fitting clothing and shoes. Weigh yourself daily. Contact your care provider if you notice: Swelling in the hands, feet, or legs Shortness of breath Weight gain of 5 pounds or more in a week Nausea or vomiting Eat and drink slowly. Drink 8–10 glasses of water or fluid each day unless your care provider has instructed you to limit your fluid intake. Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day rather than a few large meals. Eat bland foods; avoid spicy, fried, and greasy foods. Avoid vigorous exercise immediately after eating. Don’t lie down immediately after eating. Avoid strong odors. Let your provider know if you experience nausea or vomiting. Your provider may prescribe medication to help with the nausea or vomiting. Muscle or joint pain or weakness Keep a diary of your pain, including a description of when and where the pain is occurring, what it feels like, and how long it lasts. Stay as active as possible, but know that it is okay to rest as needed. Tell your care provider if pain interferes with your activity. If the pain or weakness bothers you, ask your provider how you may ease this discomfort. Take only pain medication that has been prescribed or recommended by your care provider. Continued on the next page IMATINIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 5 Possible Side Effect Management Diarrhea loose and/ or urgent bowel movements Monitor how many bowel movements you have each day. Drink 8–10 glasses of water or fluid each day unless your care provider has instructed you to limit your fluid intake. Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day rather than a few large meals. Eat bland, low fiber foods, such as bananas, applesauce, potatoes, chicken, rice, and toast. Avoid high fiber foods, such as raw vegetables, raw fruits, and whole grains. Avoid foods that cause gas, such as broccoli and beans. Avoid lactose containing foods, such as yogurt and milk. Avoid spicy, fried, and greasy foods. Contact your provider if any of the following occur: The number of bowel movements you have in a day increases by four or more. You feel dizzy or lightheaded. Your care provider may recommend an over the counter medication called loperamide Imodium® to help with diarrhea, but talk to your care provider before starting this medication. Changes in liver function Your liver function should be checked periodically by a simple blood test. Contact your care provider if you notice any of the following: Yellowing of the skin or whites of your eyes Dark or brown urine Bleeding or bruising Fatigue You may be more tired than usual or have less energy. Stay as active as possible, but know it is okay to rest as needed. Try to do some activity every day. Plan your activities, and do them at a time of day when you feel a bit more energetic. Avoid operating heavy machinery if you feel too tired. Rash or itchy skin Keep your skin moisturized with creams and moisturizing lotions to decrease the risk of rash or itchiness, and wear loose fitting clothing. Avoid using perfumes and cologne as these products may increase rash symptoms. Avoid being in the heat for long periods of time. Your provider may recommend an over the counter antihistamine or a topical cream. Sunlight can make symptoms worse. Avoid sun exposure as much as possible to decrease the risk of sunburn. The highest exposure to UV ultraviolet radiation occurs from 10 am–4 pm. Wear long sleeved clothing, with UV protection if possible. Wear broad brimmed hats. Apply broad spectrum sunscreen UVA/UVB with at least SPF 30 as often as directed. Use lip balm with at least SPF 30. If your rash or itching continues to worsen, contact your care provider. Continued on the next page IMATINIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 6 Possible Side Effect Management Headache Ask your provider what you may use to help with this discomfort. Contact your care provider right away if your headache: Follows a head injury Is severe or starts suddenly Does not go away after 3 days Is associated with vomiting, visual disturbance, neck stiffness, drowsiness, confusion, rash, weakness in an arm or leg, or numbness; or is made worse by coughing or lowering the head. Abdominal pain Abdominal pain or discomfort may occur. Report any serious pain or symptoms to your care provider immediately. If these side effects occur with nausea and vomiting, you might have inflammation of the pancreas pancreatitis . Changes in electrolytes and other laboratory values Low potassium Changes in some laboratory values may occur and should be monitored by a simple blood test. You may not feel any symptoms if the changes are mild, and they usually are not a sign of a serious problem. More severe changes may occur, which can be a sign of a serious problem. Notify your care provider if you have any of the following: Shortness of breath Chest discomfort Weakness or fatigue New aches and pains Headaches Dizziness If you experience ANY uncontrolled side effect, call your physician or healthcare center immediately: INSTITUTIONAL CONTACT INFO Pregnancy, sexual activity, and contraception Women should not become pregnant and men should not get a partner pregnant while taking imatinib. Men and women of childbearing potential should use effective contraception during therapy and for a minimum of 14 days after the last dose of imatinib. Do not breastfeed while taking imatinib and for one month after the last dose of imatinib. Inform your care provider if you become pregnant. It is safe to hug and kiss. Special precautions may be needed for sexual activity while on imatinib, and you are encouraged to ask your care provider. IMATINIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 7 Important notice: The Association of Community Cancer Centers ACCC , Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association HOPA , National Community Oncology Dispensing Association, Inc. NCODA , and Oncology Nursing Society ONS have collaborated in gathering information for and developing this patient education guide. This guide represents a brief summary of the medication derived from information provided by the drug manufacturer and other resources. This guide does not cover all existing information related to the possible uses, directions, doses, precautions, warnings, interactions, adverse effects, or risks associated with this medication and should not substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional. Provision of this guide is for informational purposes only and does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of this medication by ACCC, HOPA, NCODA, or ONS, who assume no liability for and cannot ensure the accuracy of the information presented. The collaborators are not making any representations with respect to the medications whatsoever, and any and all decisions, with respect to such medications, are at the sole risk of the individual consuming the medication. All decisions related to taking this medication should be made with the guidance and under the direction of a qualified healthcare professional. Permission: Oral Chemotherapy Education OCE sheets are provided as a free educational resource for patients with cancer in need of concise, easy to understand information about oral cancer drugs. Healthcare providers are permitted to copy and distribute the sheets to patients as well as direct patients to the OCE website for information. However, commercial reproduction or reuse, as well as rebranding or reposting of any type, are strictly prohibited without permission of the copyright holder. Please email permission requests and licensing inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Copyright © 2018 by Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association. All rights reserved. Obtaining medication Talk with your care provider about the process for obtaining your imatinib. PHARMACY OR SPECIALTY PHARMACY CONTACT INFO Additional resources Product website: www.gleevec.com/index.jsp Product prescribing information: www.pharma.us.novartis.com/sites/www.pharma.us.novartis.com/files/ gleevec tabs.pdf Product resources: www.gleevec.com/patient/patient resource support.jsp Updated — March 6, 2018 Additional instructions

Hydrea®

(hy-DREE-uh)

Hydrea® (Hydroxyurea)

Hydrea® (Hydroxyurea)

Page 1 HYDROXYUREA ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Name of your medication Generic name — hydroxyurea hy DROK see yoo REE uh Brand name — Hydrea® hy DREE uh , Droxia™ DROK see uh Approved uses Hydroxyurea is used to treat adult patients with chronic myeloid leukemia, sickle cell anemia, and head and neck cancer when used with radiation. Dose and schedule Taking hydroxyurea as instructed is important to allow your treatment to be as effective as possible, so here are some key points to remember. Your dose is based on many factors, including your height and weight, overall health, and diagnosis. Hydroxyurea can be taken with or without food but at the same time each day. Hydroxyurea should be taken whole and not crushed, cut, or dissolved. If you are unable to swallow hydroxyurea, talk to your care provider or pharmacist for possible options. If you miss a dose of hydroxyurea, do not take an extra dose or two doses at one time. Simply take your next dose at the regularly scheduled time. Be sure to write down if you miss a dose and let your care provider know about any missed doses. Storage and handling Handle hydroxyurea with care. Just like when chemotherapy is given into the vein, this drug can be toxic, and exposure of the drug to others should be limited. Store hydroxyurea at room temperature 68°F–77°F in a dry location away from light. Keep hydroxyurea out of reach of children and pets. Leave hydroxyurea in the provided packaging until it is ready to be taken. Whenever possible, give hydroxyurea to yourself and follow the steps below. If a family member, friend, or caregiver needs to give hydroxyurea to you, they also need to follow these steps: 1. Wash hands with soap and water. 2. Put on gloves to avoid touching the medication. Gloves are not necessary if you give the drug to yourself. 3. Gently transfer the hydroxyurea from its package to a small medicine or other disposable cup. 4. Administer the medicine immediately by mouth with water. 5. Remove gloves and do not use them for anything else. 6. Throw gloves and medicine cup in household trash. 7. Wash hands with soap and water. HYDROXYUREA ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 2 If a daily pill box or pill reminder is used, a separate one should be used for hydroxyurea. Do not mix other medications into the box with hydroxyurea. The person filling the box or reminder should wear gloves gloves are not necessary if you are filling the box or reminder . When empty, the box or reminder should be washed with soap and water before refilling. Be sure to wash hands with soap and water after the task is complete, whether or not gloves are worn. If you have any unused hydroxyurea, do not throw it in the trash and do not flush it down the sink or toilet. Talk to your care provider or pharmacist about proper disposal of hydroxyurea. If you are traveling, put hydroxyurea in a sealed plastic bag. Ask your pharmacist if any additional travel precautions are needed. Handling body fluids and waste Because hydroxyurea remains in your body for several days after it is taken, some of the drug may be present in urine, stool, sweat, or vomit. Once you have started to take hydroxyurea, it is important to follow the instructions below every day for as long as your treatment lasts. This is to keep yourself, loved ones, and the environment as safe as possible. Pregnant women should avoid touching anything that may be soiled with body fluids from the patient. Toilet and septic systems You may use the same toilet, septic tank, and/or sewer that you usually use. If you have a low flow toilet, close the lid and flush twice to ensure all waste has been discarded. If the toilet or toilet seat becomes soiled with urine, stool, or vomit, clean the surfaces before other people use the toilet. Wash hands with soap and water after using the toilet. If you need a bedpan, be sure your caregiver knows to wear gloves to assist with cleanup and to wash the bedpan with soap and water every day. If you do not have good control of bladder or bowels, use a disposable pad with a plastic back, a diaper, or a sheet to absorb body waste. Wash any skin that has been exposed to body waste or hydroxyurea with soap and water. Linens or clothing that are soiled with body fluids or body waste should be washed separately from other linens and clothing. If you do not have a washer, place the soiled linens in a plastic bag until they can be washed. Wash hands with soap and water after touching linens or clothing that may be soiled with body fluids. Drug and food interactions Hydroxyurea has many drug interactions. Inform your care providers of all prescription medications, over the counter medications, vitamins, and herbal products. Talk with your care provider or pharmacist before taking new medications or supplements, or receiving any vaccines. Avoid live vaccines during treatment with hydroxyurea. Serious side effects of hydroxyurea Hydroxyurea can cause bone marrow suppression, or a decrease in the number of white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets, which can be severe. Speak to your care provider to know when you need to have laboratory tests done to monitor your blood cell counts. Hydroxyurea may lead to a secondary malignancy, or the growth of a cancer, months or years after treatment with hydroxyurea is complete. HYDROXYUREA ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 3 Side Effects of Hydroxyurea The common side effects that have been known to happen in more than 30% of patients taking hydroxyurea are listed in the left side of this table. You MAY NOT experience these side effects. Options to help manage any side effects that do occur are included on the right side of this table. These should be discussed with your care provider. If you experience any side effect you cannot manage or that is not listed here, contact your care provider. Possible Side Effect Management Decreased white blood cells WBCs and increased risk for infection Your WBCs should be monitored by a simple blood test. When your WBCs are low, you are at a greater risk of having an infection. Take the following precautions to protect yourself from infection. Wash your hands often, especially before eating and after using the bathroom. Avoid crowds and people with fevers, flu, or other infection. Bathe regularly to keep good personal hygiene. Contact your care provider if you experience any signs or symptoms of an infection: Fever temperature more than 100.4°F or 38°C Chills Sore throat Burning with urination Unusual tiredness A sore that becomes red, is draining, or does not heal Check with your care provider before taking any medicine for a fever or chills. Decreased platelet count and increased risk of bleeding Your platelets should be monitored by a simple blood test. When they are low, you may bruise or bleed more easily than usual. Use caution to avoid bruises, cuts, or burns. Blow your nose gently, and do not pick your nose. Brush your teeth gently with a soft toothbrush, and maintain good oral hygiene. When shaving, use an electronic razor instead of razor blades. Use a nail file instead of nail clippers. Call your care provider if you have bleeding that won’t stop. Examples include the following: A bloody nose that bleeds for more than five minutes despite pressure A cut that continues to ooze despite pressure Gums that bleed excessively when you floss or brush Seek medical help immediately if you experience any severe headaches, observe blood in your urine or stool, cough up blood, or experience prolonged and uncontrollable bleeding. You may need to take a break or “hold” your medication for medical or dental procedures. Talk to your care provider or dentist before any scheduled procedures. Continued on the next page HYDROXYUREA ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 4 Possible Side Effect Management Decreased hemoglobin, part of the red blood cells that carry iron and oxygen Your hemoglobin should be monitored using a blood test. When your hemoglobin is low, you may notice that you get tired or fatigued more easily. Try to get 7–8 hours of sleep per night. Avoid operating heavy machinery if you feel too tired. Find a balance between work and rest. Stay as active as possible, but know that it is okay to rest as needed. You might notice that you are more pale than usual. Let your healthcare provider know right away if you experience any of the following: Shortness of breath Dizziness Palpitations If you experience ANY uncontrolled side effect, call your physician or healthcare center immediately: INSTITUTIONAL CONTACT INFO Pregnancy, sexual activity, and contraception Women should not become pregnant and men should not get a partner pregnant while taking hydroxyurea. Women of childbearing age and potential should use effective contraception during therapy and for a minimum of 6 months after the last dose of hydroxyurea. Men of childbearing age and potential should use effective contraception during therapy and for a minimum of one year after the last dose of hydroxyurea. Do not breastfeed while taking hydroxyurea and for one month after the last dose of hydroxyurea. Inform your care provider if you become pregnant. It is safe to hug and kiss. Special precautions may be needed for sexual activity while on oral chemotherapy, and you are encouraged to ask your care provider. Obtaining medication Talk with your care provider about the process for obtaining your hydroxyurea. PHARMACY OR SPECIALTY PHARMACY CONTACT INFO Additional resources Product website: www.bms.com Product prescribing information: http://packageinserts.bms.com/pi/pi droxia.pdf http://packageinserts.bms.com/pi/pi hydrea.pdf Product resources: www.bms.com/patient and caregivers.html Updated – September 8, 2017 HYDROXYUREA ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 5 Additional instructions Important notice: The Association of Community Cancer Centers ACCC , Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association HOPA , National Community Oncology Dispensing Association, Inc. NCODA , and Oncology Nursing Society ONS have collaborated in gathering information for and developing this patient education guide. This guide represents a brief summary of the medication derived from information provided by the drug manufacturer and other resources. This guide does not cover all existing information related to the possible uses, directions, doses, precautions, warnings, interactions, adverse effects, or risks associated with this medication and should not substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional. Provision of this guide is for informational purposes only and does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of this medication by ACCC, HOPA, NCODA, or ONS, who assume no liability for and cannot ensure the accuracy of the information presented. The collaborators are not making any representations with respect to the medications whatsoever, and any and all decisions, with respect to such medications, are at the sole risk of the individual consuming the medication. All decisions related to taking this medication should be made with the guidance and under the direction of a qualified healthcare professional. Permission: Oral Chemotherapy Education OCE sheets are provided as a free educational resource for patients with cancer in need of concise, easy to understand information about oral cancer drugs. Healthcare providers are permitted to copy and distribute the sheets to patients as well as direct patients to the OCE website for information. However, commercial reproduction or reuse, as well as rebranding or reposting of any type, are strictly prohibited without permission of the copyright holder. Please email permission requests and licensing inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Copyright © 2017 by Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association. All rights reserved.