Halaven is an antibiotic used to treat cases of breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. Typically, Halaven is usually given to patients that have tried at least two other chemotherapy medications but haven"t found any relief in arresting the growth of breast cancer. Halaven is administered as an injection through an IV.
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Halaven can be used to treat cases of advanced breast cancer and other types of cancers. Halaven works by causing microtubules (a structure that is involved in cell division and multiplication process) from forming. Cancer cells are more likely to divide than normal cells. Therefore, if your condition worsens, you should contact your doctor.
- Advanced breast cancer
- Other cancers
Halaven dosage is completely dependent on the individual who takes it as it can be used for a variety of different treatments. Note that this medication should be taken on days 1 and 8 of a 21-day cycle. This medication should be administered under the supervision of a qualified healthcare professional.
Halaven dosage to treat breast cancer.
- Adults: 1.4 mg/m2 IV over 2 to 5 minutes on days 1 and 8 of a 21-day cycle.
If you happen to miss a dosage of Halaven, take your dosage as soon as you can. However, if you are approaching the time for your next scheduled dose, just skip and continue on with your regular timetable of medication.
Halaven Side Effects
Halaven, like any other drug, comes with its collection of side effects that vary with each who uses it. If you experience any severe side effects, consult your doctor or medical professional immediately. Therefore, talk to your doctor before about the dangers of Halaven. Common Halaven Side Effects:
- Feeling weak or tired
Consult with your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects:
- body aches
- mouth sores
- pain when urinating
- extreme thirst
- muscle weakness
- limp feeling
- leg discomfort
Below you will find a list of Halaven drug and substance interactions. In many cases, Halaven should not be combined with other medications unless approved by a physician. Consult with your doctor before taking any new medication. Note that this list does not include a variety of over the counter drugs and vitamins that could also counteract and alter Halaven. Drugs that interact with Halaven:
- anti-malaria medications such as chloroquine (Aralen) or mefloquine (Lariam)
- heart rhythm medications
- medications to treat nausea and vomiting
- medications to treat psychiatric disorders
- medications to treat migraines including sumatriptan or zolmitriptan
- methadone (Methadose, Diskets, Dolophine)
Women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding should notify taking their doctor before taking this medication. Individuals who have a history of liver or kidney disease, congestive heart failure, a heart rhythm disorder, history of Long QT syndrome or electrolyte imbalance should notify their doctor. Halaven interferes with the body"s ability to fight infections. Patients taking Halaven may get an infection or bleed more easily.