Precautions

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It is very important that your doctor check your or your child's progress at regular visits to make sure this medicine is working properly. Blood tests are needed to check for unwanted effects.

Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control during treatment and for at least 48 hours after your treatment ends to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while receiving this medicine, tell your doctor right away.

This medicine may cause cytokine release syndrome (CRS) and infusion reactions. These may be life-threatening and require immediate attention. Tell your doctor right away if you or your child have any of the following symptoms: a fever, chills, headache, nausea, lightheadedness, dizziness, fainting, skin rash, trouble breathing, or tiredness or weakness.

Check with your doctor right away if you or your child have seizures, loss of balance, loss of consciousness, confusion, disorientation, difficulty with speaking, or slurred speech.

This medicine can temporarily lower the number of white blood cells in your blood, which increases your chance of getting an infection. If you can, avoid people with infections. Check with your doctor immediately if you think you or your child are getting an infection or if you have a fever or chills, cough or hoarseness, lower back or side pain, or painful or difficult urination.

This medicine may cause a serious reaction, called tumor lysis syndrome (TLS). Your doctor may give you a medicine to help prevent this. Call your doctor right away if you or your child have a change in how much or how often you urinate, muscle or joint pain, rapid weight gain, swelling of the feet or lower legs, or unusual tiredness or weakness.

Pancreatitis may occur while you are using this medicine. Tell your doctor right away if you or your child have sudden and severe stomach pain, chills, constipation, nausea, vomiting, fever, or lightheadedness.

This medicine may make you dizzy, confused, or less alert than you are normally. Do not drive or do anything else that could be dangerous until you or your child know how this medicine affects you.

While you are being treated with blinatumomab, do not have any immunizations (vaccinations) without your doctor's approval. Live virus vaccinations should not be given for at least 2 weeks before start of treatment, during treatment, and until recovery following the last cycle of this medicine.

Some preparations of this medicine may contain benzyl alcohol which may cause serious reactions (including gasping syndrome) to newborn or premature infants. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns.