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Generic

Palbociclib

(PAL-boh-SY-klib)

Brand

Ibrance®

(I-brans)

Palbociclib (Ibrance®) is used to treat hormone receptor–positive (HR+), human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER-2)–negative advanced or metastatic breast cancer. It is used in combination with an aromatase inhibitor or fulvestrant.

 
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Page 1 PALBOCICLIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Name of your medication Generic name — palbociclib PAL boh SY klib Brand name — Ibrance® I brans Approved uses Palbociclib is used to treat hormone receptor–positive HR+ human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 HER 2 –negative advanced or metastatic breast cancer It is used in combination with an aromatase inhibitor or fulvestrant Dose and schedule Taking palbociclib 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 palbociclib is 125 milligrams mg to be taken by mouth once daily for 21 consecutive days followed by 7 days off treatment The dose may be adjusted by your care provider based on your individual needs Palbociclib should be taken with food but at the same time each day Palbociclib should be taken whole and not crushed cut opened or dissolved If you are unable to swallow palbociclib talk to your care provider or pharmacist for possible options If you miss a dose of palbociclib 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 Storage and handling Handle palbociclib 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 palbociclib at room temperature 68°F–77°F in a dry location away from light Keep palbociclib out of reach of children and pets Leave palbociclib in the provided packaging until it is ready to be taken Whenever possible give palbociclib to yourself and follow the steps below If a family member friend or caregiver needs to give palbociclib 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 palbociclib from its package to a small medicine or other disposable cup 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 PALBOCICLIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 2 If a daily pill box or pill reminder is used a separate one should be used for palbociclib Do not mix other medications into the box with palbociclib 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 palbociclib 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 palbociclib If you are traveling put your palbociclib in a sealed plastic bag Ask your pharmacist if any additional travel precautions are needed Handling body fluids and waste Palbociclib remains in your body for several days after it is taken so some of the drug may be present in urine stool sweat or vomit Once you have started to take palbociclib it is important to follow the instructions below every day for as long as your treatment lasts This will 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 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 palbociclib 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 Drug and food interactions Palbociclib has many drug interactions Inform your care providers of all prescription medications over the counter medications vitamins and herbal products that you are taking Palbociclib should be taken with food Grapefruit or grapefruit juice may interact with palbociclib Avoid eating or drinking these during your treatment with palbociclib Talk with your care provider or pharmacist before taking new medications or supplements or receiving any vaccines PALBOCICLIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 3 Side Effects of Palbociclib The common side effects that have been known to happen in more than 30% of patients taking palbociclib are listed in 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 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 such as 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 Decreased hemoglobin part of the red blood cells that carry iron and oxygen Your hemoglobin should be monitored using a 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 too You might notice that you are more pale than usual Let your healthcare provider know right away if you experience Shortness of breath Dizziness Palpitations Continued on the next page PALBOCICLIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 4 Possible Side Effect Management Decreased platelet count and increased risk of bleeding Your platelets should be monitored by a simple blood test When they are low you may bruise or bleed more easily than usual Use caution to avoid bruises cuts or burns Blow your nose gently and do not pick your nose Brush your teeth gently with a soft toothbrush and maintain good oral hygiene When shaving use an electronic razor instead of razor blades Use a nail file instead of nail clippers Call your care provider if you have bleeding that won’t stop Examples include A bloody nose that bleeds for more than five minutes despite pressure A cut that continues to ooze despite pressure Gums that bleed excessively when you floss or brush Seek medical help immediately if you experience any severe headaches blood in your urine or stool coughing up blood or prolonged and uncontrollable bleeding You 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 Changes in liver function Your liver function will be checked periodically by a simple blood test Contact your care provider if you notice any of the following Yellowing of the skin or whites of your eyes Dark or brown urine Bleeding or bruising 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 operating heavy machinery if you feel too tired 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 lay 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 Continued on the next page PALBOCICLIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 5 Possible Side Effect Management Hair loss alopecia Your hair will grow back after treatment is over Some people choose to wear scarves caps or wigs A short haircut prior to treatment may help with the stress of hair loss Mouth irritation or sores Practice good mouth care Rinse your mouth frequently Brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush or cotton swab after meals Use a mild mouth rinse at least four times a day after eating and at bedtime One example is a mixture of 1/8 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of warm not hot water If you have sores in your mouth avoid using tobacco products alcohol and mouthwashes that contain alcohol Call your care provider if you experience pain or sores in your mouth or throat If you experience ANY uncontrolled side effect call your physician or healthcare center immediately INSTITUTIONAL CONTACT INFO Pregnancy sexual activity and contraception Women should not become pregnant and men should not get a partner pregnant while taking palbociclib Women of childbearing age and potential should use effective contraception during therapy and for a minimum of three weeks after the last dose of palbociclib Men of reproductive age and potential should use effective contraception during therapy and for a minimum of three months after the last dose of palbociclib Do not breastfeed while taking palbociclib and for three weeks after the last dose of palbociclib Inform your care provider if you become pregnant It is safe to hug and kiss Special precautions may be needed for sexual activity while on palbociclib and you are encouraged to ask your care provider Obtaining medication Talk with your care provider about how to obtain your palbociclib PHARMACY OR SPECIALTY PHARMACY CONTACT INFO Additional resources Product website www ibrance com Product prescribing information http //labeling pfizer com/ShowLabeling aspx?id=2191 Product resources www ibrance com/resources Updated — August 4 2017 PALBOCICLIB ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY EDUCATION Page 6 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 Contact@NCODA org Copyright © 2017 by Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association All rights reserved

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