Pafolacianine (Cytalux): Side Effects, Uses, Interaction and Precautions

Pafolacianine (Cytalux): Side Effects, Uses, Interaction and Precautions
  • GENERIC NAME: Pafolacianine
  • BRAND NAME (S): Cytalux
  • DRUG CLASS: Diagnostic Imaging Agent
  • DOSAGE FORM: Injection

WHAT IS PAFOLACIANINE (CYTALUX)?


Pafolacianine (CYTALUX) is a prescription medication that is given to the adult patients prior to surgery or an operation who have ovarian cancer. It helps surgeons detect and remove ovarian cancer lesions during the operation. It belongs to a class of drugs, called diagnostic imaging agents.

Pafolacianine (Cytalux) is available in the form of injection.

WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF CYTALUX?


This medication can cause serious side-effects; including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Hives
  • Vomiting
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat 
  • Itching
  • Flushing (warmth, redness)
  • Bloating or feeling of fullness.

Get emergency medical help if you have any of the symptoms listed above.

The most common side-effects of Pafolacianine include:

  • Nausea.

Tell your doctor or healthcare provider, if you have any side-effect that does not go away. For more details, ask your doctor.

PRECAUTIONS:


Adverse side-effects were reported in the patients who have received Cytalux in clinical trials. They include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Flushing
  • Dyspepsia
  • Chest discomfort
  • Pruritus.

This medicine is not safe during pregnancy. It can cause serious side-effects. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant.

It is not known whether this medicine is safe while breastfeeding. It may pass into breast milk. Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding.

It is still not clear if Pafolacianine (Cytalux) medication affect fertility.

INTERACTIONS:


This medication may interact with other drugs such as:

  • Folate, folic acid, or supplements containing folate taken within two days before administration.

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