Precautions

Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex

Your doctor will check your progress closely while you are receiving this medicine. This will allow your doctor to see if the medicine is working properly and to decide if you should continue to receive it. Blood tests may be 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 to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.

This medicine can spread to other areas of the body or to other people (eg, household members, caregiver, or persons sharing the same bed). To avoid spreading the medicine:

  • Avoid direct contact between your treatment sites, dressings, body fluids or close contacts. Do not touch or scratch the treatment sites.
  • Wear gloves when putting on or changing your dressings.
  • Cover the treatment sites with airtight and watertight dressings for at least 1 week after each treatment.
  • If the dressing comes loose or falls off, use a new, clean dressing to replace it.
  • Place all used dressings and cleaning materials in a sealed plastic bag and throw them in the trash can.

This medicine may cause herpes infections (including cold sores). Tell your doctor right away if you have pain, burning, or tingling in a blister around the mouth or genitals or on the fingers or ears, confusion, extreme drowsiness, blurred vision, eye pain, sensitivity to light, or weakness in your arms or legs.

This medicine may cause delayed healing at the injection site. It is more likely to occur if you had previous radiation treatment at the injection site or lesions. Tell your doctor right away if you have infection or delayed healing of the injection sites.

Immune-mediated events may occur while receiving this medicine. These include glomerulonephritis, pneumonitis, psoriasis, vasculitis, or vitiligo. Tell your doctor if you have bloody or cloudy urine, swelling of the feet or lower legs, weight gain, fever, sores, welting, or blisters, or red, scaling, or crusted skin.

Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines and herbal or vitamin supplements.