BENDEKA™ (bendamustine HCl) Injection is a prescription medication for the treatment of patients with
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Efficacy relative to first-line therapies other than chlorambucil has not been established.
Indolent B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) that has progressed during or within 6 months of treatment with rituximab or a rituximab-containing regimen.
Important Safety Information
BENDEKA is not right for everyone; including patients with a known allergic response to bendamustine, polyethylene glycol 400, propylene glycol, or monothioglycerol.
BENDEKA may cause serious side effects including; low blood cell counts, infections or recurrence of infections, unexpected responses to BENDEKA when placed in your blood, sudden and severe allergic responses, kidney failure due to fast breakdown of cancer cells, other cancers, and leaking of BENDEKA out of your vein and into your surrounding skin. Some of these side effects, such as low blood counts, infections, and severe allergic skin responses (when bendamustine was given with allopurinol and other medications known to cause severe allergic skin responses), have caused death.
Tell your doctor if you have any side effects including; rash, facial swelling, or difficulty breathing during or soon after your infusion with BENDEKA injection. These are signs of an allergic reaction. You also should tell your doctor if you have shortness of breath, significant fatigue, bleeding, fever, or other signs of infection. Also, tell your doctor if you experience nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. In addition, your doctor will perform blood tests to see if you have low blood counts. These are lower-than-normal numbers of red blood cells, white blood cells, or platelets.
Some serious side effects may require changes in therapy, such as lowering the amount of BENDEKA given, stopping the use of BENDEKA, or waiting longer than expected between doses of BENDEKA.
BENDEKA may cause fetal harm if taken while pregnant. Women should avoid becoming pregnant or nursing while receiving BENDEKA.
Non–blood-related side effects may occur including; fever, nausea, and vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite, cough, headache, weight loss, difficulty breathing, rash, and mouth irritation.
Blood-related side effects may occur including; low red blood cells (oxygen-carrying cells), low platelets (blood-clotting cells), and decreased number of three different types of white blood cells (infection-fighting cells).