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Generic

Tazemetostat

(TA-zeh-MEH-toh-stat)

Brand

Tazverik™

(taz-VAYR-ik)

Tazemetostat (Tazverik™) is used to treat patients with sarcoma.

 
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Page 1 TAZEMETOSTAT ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Name of your medication Generic name tazemetostat (TA zeh MEH toh stat) Brand name Tazverik™ (taz VAYR ik) Approved uses Tazemetostat is used to treat patients with sarcoma. Dose and schedule Taking tazemetostat as instructed is important to allow your treatment to be as effective as possible, so here are some key points to remember. Your dose may vary, but the usual dose of tazemetostat is 800 milligrams (800 mg) to be taken by mouth at a scheduled time twice a day. Tazemetostat can be taken with or without food, but at the same time each day. Tazemetostat should be taken whole and not crushed, cut, or dissolved. If you are unable to swallow tazemetostat, talk to your care provider or pharmacist for possible options. If you miss a dose of tazemetostat, do not take an extra dose or two doses at one time. Simply take your next dose at the regularly scheduled time. Be sure to write down if you miss a dose, and let your care provider know about any missed doses. Drug and food interactions Tazemetostat has many drug interactions. Please inform your care providers of all prescription medications, over the counter medications, vitamins, and herbal products. Grapefruit or grapefruit juice may interact with tazemetostat; avoid eating or drinking these during treatment with tazemetostat. Talk with your care provider or pharmacist before taking new medications or supplements, or receiving any vaccines. Storage and handling Handle tazemetostat with care. Just like when chemotherapy is given into the vein, this drug can be toxic, and exposure of the drug to others should be limited. Store tazemetostat at room temperature (68°F–77°F) in a dry location away from light. Keep tazemetostat out of reach of children and pets. Leave tazemetostat in the provided packaging until it is ready to be taken. Whenever possible, you should give tazemetostat to yourself and follow the steps below. If a family member, friend, or caregiver needs to give the tazemetostat to you, they also need to follow these steps. 1. Wash hands with soap and water. 2. Put on gloves to avoid touching the medication. (Gloves are not necessary if you give the drug to yourself.) 3. Gently transfer the tazemetostat from its package to a small medicine or other disposable cup. TAZEMETOSTAT ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 2 4. Administer the medicine immediately by mouth with water. 5. Remove gloves and do not use them for anything else. 6. Throw gloves and medicine cup in household trash. 7. Wash hands with soap and water. If a daily pill box or pill reminder will be used, contact your care team before using. The person filling the box or reminder should wear gloves (gloves are not necessary if you are filling the box or reminder). When empty, the box or reminder should be washed with soap and water before refilling. Be sure to wash hands with soap and water after the task is complete, whether or not gloves are worn. If you have any unused tazemetostat, do not throw it in the trash and do not flush it down the sink or toilet. Talk to your care provider or pharmacist about proper disposal of tazemetostat. If you are traveling, put your tazemetostat’s packaging in a separate sealed plastic bag. Ask your pharmacist if any additional travel precautions are needed. Side Effects of Tazemetostat Below are common side effects that have been known to happen in about one third or more of patients taking tazemetostat; these are listed on the left side of this table. You MAY NOT experience these side effects. Options to help manage any side effects that do occur are included on the right side of this table. These should be discussed with your care provider. If you experience any side effect you cannot manage or that is not listed here, contact your care provider. Possible Side Effect Management Decreased hemoglobin, part of the red blood cells that carry iron and oxygen Your hemoglobin should be monitored by a simple blood test. When your hemoglobin is low, you may notice that you get tired or fatigued more easily. Try to get 7–8 hours of sleep per night. Avoid operating heavy machinery if you feel too tired. Find a balance between work and rest. Stay as active as possible, but know that it is okay to rest as needed. You might notice that you are more pale than usual. Let your care provider know right away if you experience any of the following: Shortness of breath Dizziness Palpitations Fatigue You may be more tired than usual or have less energy. Stay as active as possible, but know it is okay to rest as needed. Try to do some activity every day. Plan your activities, and do them at a time of day when you feel a bit more energetic. Avoid heavy machinery if you feel too tired. Continued on the next page TAZEMETOSTAT ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 3 Possible Side Effect Management Nausea or vomiting Eat and drink slowly. Drink 8–10 glasses of water or fluid each day unless your care provider has instructed you to limit your fluid intake. Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day rather than a few large meals. Eat bland foods; avoid spicy, fried, and greasy foods. Avoid vigorous exercise immediately after eating. Don’t lie down immediately after eating. Avoid strong odors. Let your provider know if you experience nausea or vomiting. Your provider may prescribe medication that can help. Decreased white blood cells (WBCs) and increased risk for infection Your WBCs should be monitored by a simple blood test. When your WBCs are low, you are at a greater risk of having an infection. Take the following precautions to protect yourself from infection. Wash your hands often, especially before eating and after using the bathroom. Avoid crowds and people with fevers, flu, or other infection. Bathe regularly to keep good personal hygiene. Contact your care provider if you experience any signs or symptoms of an infection: Fever (temperature more than 100.4°F or 38°C) Chills Sore throat Burning with urination Unusual tiredness A sore that becomes red, is draining, or does not heal Check with your care provider before taking any medicine for a fever or chills. Changes in electrolytes and other laboratory values including High triglyceride levels High glucose levels Low sodium levels Changes in some laboratory values may occur and will be monitored by a simple blood test. You may not feel any symptoms if the changes are mild, and they usually are not a sign of a serious problem. More severe changes may occur, which can be a sign of a serious problem. Notify your care provider if you have any of the following: Shortness of breath Chest discomfort Weakness or fatigue New aches and pains Headaches Dizziness Swelling of your legs or feet Red or brown colored urine TAZEMETOSTAT ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 4 Serious side effects Secondary malignancy is the growth of a cancer months or years after treatment. This is a rare but possible side effect of treatment with tazemetostat. Tazemetostat can cause serious birth defects. Do not take tazemetostat if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant. Tazemetostat can lower your white blood cells and your platelets, increasing your risk of infection and bleeding. Bone marrow suppression is a decrease in the number of white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets that can be severe with tazemetostat. Speak to your care provider to know when you need to have laboratory tests done to monitor your blood cell counts. You also may need to take a break, or “hold,” your medication for medical or dental procedures. Talk to your care provider or dentist before any scheduled procedures If you experience ANY uncontrolled side effect, call your physician or healthcare center immediately: (INSTITUTIONAL CONTACT INFO) Handling body fluids and waste Because tazemetostat remains in your body for several days after it is taken, some of the drug may be present in urine, stool, sweat, or vomit. Once you have started to take tazemetostat, it is important to adhere to the following instructions every day for as long as your treatment lasts. This is to keep yourself, loved ones, and the environment as safe as possible. Pregnant women should avoid touching anything that may be soiled with body fluids from the patient. Toilet and septic systems You may use the same toilet, septic tank, and/or sewer that you usually use. If you have a low flow toilet, close the lid and flush twice to ensure that all waste has been discarded. If the toilet or toilet seat becomes soiled with urine, stool, or vomit, clean the surfaces before other people use the toilet. Wash hands with soap and water after using the toilet. If you need a bedpan, be sure your caregiver knows to wear gloves to assist with cleanup and to wash the bedpan with soap and water every day. If you do not have good control of bladder or bowels, use a disposable pad with a plastic back, a diaper, or a sheet to absorb body waste. Wash any skin that has been exposed to body waste or tazemetostat with soap and water. Linens or clothing that are soiled with body fluids or body waste should be washed separately from other linens and clothing. If you do not have a washer, place the soiled linens in a plastic bag until they can be washed. Wash hands with soap and water after touching linens or clothing that may be soiled with body fluids. Pregnancy, sexual activity, and contraception Women should not become pregnant and men should not get a partner pregnant while taking tazemetostat. Women of childbearing age and potential should use effective contraception during therapy and for a minimum of six months after the last dose of tazemetostat. Men with female partners of reproductive potential should use effective contraception during therapy and for a minimum of three months after the last dose of tazemetostat. TAZEMETOSTAT ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 5 oBirth control pills may not work as well when taking tazemetostat; other methods of protection, such as condoms, should beused. oDo not breastfeed while taking tazemetostat and for one week after the last dose of tazemetostat. oPlease inform your care provider if you become pregnant. oIt is safe to hug and kiss. Special precautions may be needed for sexual activity while on oral chemotherapy, and you areencouraged to ask your care provider. Obtaining medication oTalk with your care provider about the process for obtaining your tazemetostat. (PHARMACY OR SPECIALTY PHARMACY CONTACT INFO) Additional resources Product website: http://www.epizyme.com/programs/tazverik Product prescribing information: http://www.epizyme.com/wp content/uploads/2020/01/ TAZVERIK Prescribing Information.pdf Updated – January 28, 2020 Additional instructions Important notice: The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA), National Community Oncology Dispensing Association, Inc. (NCODA), and Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) have collaborated in gathering information for and developing this patient education guide. This guide represents a brief summary of the medication derived from information provided by the drug manufacturer and other resources. This guide does not cover all existing information related to the possible uses, directions, doses, precautions, warnings, interactions, adverse effects, or risks associated with this medication and should not substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional. Provision of this guide is for informational purposes only and does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of this medication by ACCC, HOPA, NCODA, or ONS, who assume no liability for and cannot ensure the accuracy of the information presented. The collaborators are not making any representations with respect to the medications whatsoever, and any and all decisions, with respect to such medications, are at the sole risk of the individual consuming the medication. All decisions related to taking this medication should be made with the guidance and under the direction of a qualified healthcare professional. Permission: Oral Chemotherapy Education (OCE) sheets are provided as a free educational resource for patients with cancer in need of concise, easy to understand information about oral cancer drugs. Healthcare providers are permitted to copy and distribute the sheets to patients as well as direct patients to the OCE website for information. However, commercial reproduction or reuse, as well as rebranding or reposting of any type, are strictly prohibited without permission of the copyright holder. Please email permission requests and licensing inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Copyright © 2020 by Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association. All rights reserved.

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