Brentuximab

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Drug Name: Brentuximab vedotin

Drug Class: It is a chemotherapy and targeted therapy combination drug

Available under the brand name: Adcetris

What Is It Prescribed For? 

  • Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Anaplastic large cell lymphoma (a type of fast-growing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that develops in lymph nodes, bones, soft tissues, lungs, liver, and skin)
  • Certain types of peripheral T-cell lymphomas

How Is It Given?

It is given as an infusion into a vein (intravenous; IV) over 30 minutes, every 2 – 3 weeks.

What Are Common Side Effects?

You may face some of these side effects:

  • Low blood count
  • Diarrhea
  • Weakness, numbness, and pain usually in the hands and feet
  • Skin rash, itching
  • Nausea and vomiting

Your doctor can prescribe medication to control these side effects. Brentuximab may also cause other side effects. If you face any unusual or serious problems, inform your doctor immediately. 

Who Should Avoid Taking This Drug?

None

How Much Does This Drug Cost?

Available only in 50mg vials. Depending on the brand, the cost of Brentuximab 50mg can range between INR 80,000 – INR 1,25,000.

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