Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by Michelle Simmons
Ontak (generic name: denileukin diftitox) is a drug used to treat leukemia and lymphomas, such as cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Its agent, denileukin diftitox, is a designed protein that contains toxins that attach themselves to particular types of malignant cells in the body. The drug works by destroying these malignant cells to hamper the progression of cancer. The drug is administered through injection into a vein by a healthcare professional. It is typically given over at least 15 minutes for five days in a row. The treatment cycle is typically repeated every 21 days.
Ontak should not be used by people who are allergic to any ingredient of the drug, such as diphtheria toxin or interleukin-2. Because some medical conditions may also interact with Ontak, tell your doctor if you have any medical conditions, is pregnant or breastfeeding, taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal medicine, or dietary supplement, or if you have heart disease or low blood levels of albumin.
In 2014, the marketing of Ontak was discontinued in the U.S.
Ontak may cause an infusion reaction within hours or days after receiving the injection. Seek medical help if you have at least one of these symptoms: chills, fever, joint pain, muscle pain, nausea, upset stomach, vomiting, and weakness.
Ontak may also cause an allergic reaction. Get immediate medical help if you have the following signs: hives, trouble breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
The common side effects of Ontak include:
Ontak can also cause the following:
The body systems harmed by Ontak include the respiratory, skeletal, muscular, digestive, nervous, circulatory, cardiovascular, and integumentary systems.
The following foods can help treat and prevent muscle pain, one of the possible side effects of Ontak:
The following are treatments for some of the common side effects of Ontak:
Ontak (generic name: denileukin diftitox) is a drug used to treat leukemia and lymphomas, such as cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.
Ontak works by destroying malignant cells to hamper the progression of cancer.
Ontak can cause an infusion reaction or an allergic reaction.
Ontak commonly causes a headache, dizziness, or nervousness; mild diarrhea or constipation; nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetite; numbness or tingling, skin itching, or rash; runny or stuffy nose; and weight gain or weight loss.
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