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Details of the Drug
Generic Name:
Drug Type:
Monoclonal antibody
How the Drug is Given:

Intravenously (IV)


Indications and Usage

Alemtuzumab is FDA approved to treat people who have chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

Side effects needing medical attention

Fever or chills; cough or hoarseness; back, lower back or side pain; painful or difficult urination; bleeding or bruising; black, tarry stools; blood in urine or stools; pinhead-sized red spots on skin; diarrhea; dizziness; faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position; headache; itching, hives or rash; nausea and vomiting; pale skin; shortness of breath; sore throat; sores, ulcers or white spots on lips or in mouth, or swelling or inflammation of the mouth; sudden sweating; swollen glands; tightness in chest; troubled breathing after exertion; unusual tiredness or weakness; wheezing; acid or sour stomach; bone pain; burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles," or tingling feelings; lack or loss of strength; loss of appetite; muscle aches; painful cold sores or blisters on lips, nose, eyes or genitals; sleeplessness; stomach discomfort, upset or pain; weight loss.

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