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Ibrutinib

Details of the Drug
Generic Name:
Ibrutinib
Pronunciation:
eye-broo-ti-nib
Drug Type:
BTK inhibitor
How the Drug is Given:

By mouth

Names:
Imbruvica™
Ibrutinib

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. 

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