While using kisqali, you should undergo various medical examinations. The process of treating cancer can be delayed depending on the results obtained from the tests.
How Effective is Kisqali?
- Kisqali is a cancer medicine that effectively works by interfering with the development and spread of cancer cells in the body.
- A specific type of complex breast cancer for those who have gone through menopause phase is effectively treated by kisqali.
- Kisqali is mostly given with the combination of other cancer medicine mostly Femara (letrozole)
What you Need Before Using Kisqali
Kisqali should not be used by those who are allergic to it. Blood examinations are carried out by a doctor to ensure that there are no prevailing conditions which will hinder safe use of kisqali.
In order to ensure that kisqali is ideal for you, you should inform your physician the following
- Liver problems
- Infection signs such as chills or fever
- Heart problems or previous heart attack
- Extended QT syndrome
- Delayed heartbeats
- Imbalance of the electrolytes like reduced levels of potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium in the blood.
Kisqali should not be used by pregnant women. Harm can be caused to the unborn fetus as well as birth abnormalities. It is advisable that you should use ideal birth control method to avoid getting pregnant while undertaking kisqali. This should be adhered to until three weeks are over from when you took the final dose.
Before going for the treatment, you should take a pregnancy test in order to be confirmed negative.
In men, kisqali can interfere with their ability to bear children. When having concerns about the side effects, it is recommended that you should consult your doctor.
Studies have not confirmed whether kisqali can get access to breast milk or whether any harm may be incurred by the nursing baby. Bear in mind that breastfeeding is not allowed when taking kisqali. Furthermore, this should be observed for a period of three weeks after your final dose.
Steps of Taking Kisqali
- Kisqali should be taken in accordance to the prescriptions by the doctor. The prescription label has directions that should be adhered to strictly. You should not use the medicine in small, larger or longer doses than advised.
- Kisqali has a treatment program that lasts for twenty eight days. In the initial twenty one days of the cycle, you should take the medicine and later have seven days without consumption of the medicine. The duration to take the medicine will be determined by your doctor.
- The kisqali tablet should not be broken, crushed or chewed. The kisqali tablet should be swallowed whole.
- Kisqali can be taken without food or with food. The medicine should be taken at specific time of the day especially in the morning.
- After consuming the medicine and you vomit, you should take the other dose on the following day.
- Damaged or broken pill should not be consumed.
Before and when ongoing the treatment, your liver functions, heart functions and blood cells should be tested. Kisqali requires undergoing regular blood tests. ECG or electrocardiograph will check your heart function. This instrument is also known as EKG. The results of the tests will affect your treatment process.
The kisqali tablets should be stored in the right container which is free from heat as well as moisture. It should be at room temperature.
What is the Suggested Dosage of Kisqali?
Kisqali normal breast cancer dosage for adults:
- In a day six hundred milligrams should be consumed orally for twenty one days. The next step is seven days without the treatment. This will make a twenty eight complete cycle.
- Kisqali should be combined with aromatase inhibitor as the first treatment which is endocrine based for postmenopausal ladies with HR or hormone receptor Positive, HER2- metastatic breast cancer or negative advanced breast cancer.
What are the Side Effects of Kisqali?
You should seek medical attention immediately when you notice allergy reactions to the kisqali treatment such as throat, lips, face and tongue swelling as well as breathing difficulties.
A doctor should be contacted immediately when you observe the severe side effects of kisqali:
- Headache accompanied with dizziness, chest pains, pounding, fast and fainting heartbeats.
- Reduced counts of white blood cell- painful swallowing, swollen gums, fever, skin sores, difficulty in breathing, cough, flu signs and mouth sores which are painful.
- Liver problems- tiredness, yellow eyes or skin (jaundice) stools which are clay colored, dark urine, appetite loss, easy bleeding and stomach pains.
- If you have severe side effects then the kisqali treatment will be stopped.
The general side effects of kisqali include:
- Reduced count of white blood cells
- Vomiting and nausea
- Constipation and diarrhea
- Back pain as well as headache
- Loss of hair.