- Generic Name:
- Drug Type:
- BTK inhibitor
- How the Drug is Given:
Indications and Usage
Ibrutinib has been FDA-approved to treat:
- Patients with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) who have received at least one prior therapy
- Accelerated approval was granted for this indication based on overall response rate. Continued approval for this indication may be contingent upon verification of clinical benefit in confirmatory trials.
- Patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)/small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL)
- Patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) with 17p deletion
- Marginal zone lymphoma (MZL) who require systemic therapy and have received at least one prior anti-CD20-based therapy.
- Accelerated approval was granted for this indication based on overall response rate. Continued approval for this indication may be contingent upon verification and description of clinical benefit in a confirmatory trial.
- Patients with Waldenström macroglobulinemia (WM)
- Adult patients with chronic graft versus host disease (cGVHD) after failure of one or more treatments. This is the first FDA-approved therapy for the treatment of cGVHD.
Side effects needing medical attention
Low blood platelet count; diarrhea; low white blood cell count; low red blood cell count; fatigue; muscle and bone pain; swelling of legs and feet; upper respiratory tract infection; nausea; bruising; shortness of breath; constipation; rash; stomach (abdomen) pain; vomiting; decreased appetite; fever; joint pain; mouth sores; sinus infection; and dizziness.
Serious side effects
Bleeding problems; infections; decrease in blood cell counts; kidney problems; second primary cancers.