Ofatumumab Injection (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia)

pronounced as (o'' fa toom' ue mab)

Brand Name(s): Arzerra®

Why is this medicine prescribed?

Ofatumumab injection is used to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL; a type of cancer of the white blood cells):

  • in combination with chlorambucil in people who have not received treatment or are unable to receive treatment with fludarabine (Fludara).
  • in combination with fludarabine (Fludara) and alemtuzumab (Campath) when CLL has returned after previous treatment.
  • as extended treatment in people with CLL that has improved fully or partially after at least two lines of treatment.
  • in people who have not responded to treatment with fludarabine (Fludara) and alemtuzumab (Campath).

Ofatumumab injection is in a class of medications called monoclonal antibodies. It works by killing cancer cells.

Ofatumumab is also available as an injection (Kesimpta) that is used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS; a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and people may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination, and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control). This monograph only gives information about ofatumumab injection (Arzerra) for treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. If you are receiving ofatumumab for multiple sclerosis, read the monograph entitled Ofatumumab Injection (Multiple Sclerosis).

Are there other uses for this medicine?

This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How should this medicine be used?

Ofatumumab injection comes as a solution (liquid) to be added to fluid and injected intravenously (into a vein) by a doctor or nurse in a medical office or hospital. It is usually injected once a week. The length of your treatment depends on your condition and on how well you respond to treatment.

You may experience a reaction during or for up to 24 hours after you receive a dose of ofatumumab. Your doctor will give you other medications to prevent or treat certain side effects 30 minutes to 2 hours before you receive each dose of ofatumumab injection. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms while you receive ofatumumab: fever, chills, rash, or difficulty breathing. Be sure to tell your doctor how you are feeling during your treatment with ofatumumab injection.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before receiving ofatumumab injection,

  • tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to ofatumumab, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in ofatumumab injection. Ask your pharmacist for a list of the ingredients.
  • tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
  • tell your doctor if you have or have ever had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD; a group of diseases that affect the lungs and airways)
  • tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while receiving ofatumumab injection, call your doctor.
  • ask your doctor whether you should receive any vaccinations before you begin your treatment with ofatumumab. Do not have any vaccinations during your treatment without talking to your doctor.
  • if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are receiving ofatumumab injection.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.

What should I do in case of overdose?

In case of overdose, call the poison control helpline at 1-800-222-1222. Information is also available online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help . If the victim has collapsed, had a seizure, has trouble breathing, or can't be awakened, immediately call emergency services at 911.

What side effects can this medicine cause?

Ofatumumab injection may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • muscle spasms
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • diarrhea
  • headache
  • difficulty sleeping

Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms or those listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING section , call your doctor immediately:

  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • heavy sweating
  • swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • hoarseness
  • sudden reddening of the face, neck, or upper chest
  • weakness
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • pale skin
  • pinpoint, flat, round, red spots under the skin
  • rash
  • hives
  • fever, chills, cough, sore throat, or other signs of infection
  • pain in arms, back, neck, or jaw
  • chest pain,
  • fast heartbeat
  • fainting

Ofatumumab injection may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while receiving this medication.

If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online ( http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch ) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).

What other information should I know?

Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about ofatumumab injection.

It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.

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