What Can I Expect Before DARZALEX® Treatment?
Your healthcare professional will give you medicines before each dose of DARZALEX® to help reduce the risk of infusion reactions. These include:
- Medicines to prevent an allergic reaction (antihistamines)
- Medicines to prevent inflammation (corticosteroids)
- Medicines to reduce fever, such as acetaminophen (antipyretics)
Your healthcare professional will also do blood tests to match your blood type before you start treatment with DARZALEX®. This is because DARZALEX® can affect blood test results used to match your blood for transfusions. These changes can last for up to 6 months after your final dose of DARZALEX®. Tell all of your healthcare professionals that you are being treated with DARZALEX® before receiving blood transfusions.
Leading Up to Your Infusion
Know what to expect:
On average, the first infusion may take about 7 hours. Future infusions will take less time, but they will still last 3 to 5 hours. So make sure you set aside enough time in your day
Wear comfortable, layered clothing:
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting, and layered clothing. You will want to be comfortable and able to adjust your clothing depending on the temperature in the infusion room
Remember to take in fluids before your infusion. Being hydrated may make it easier for your healthcare professional to access your vein
What to Bring to the Infusion Room
Your favorite activities:
Bring headphones, a music player, a tablet, crossword puzzles, or a book to help you pass the time. Ask the infusion center if they have amenities such as Wi-Fi, a television, or a DVD player
Blanket and pillow:
Bring these and anything else that will help you get comfortable, as you may want to take a nap
Drinks and snacks:
Infusions take hours. Bring something to eat and drink throughout the day. Be sure to check with the facility first that bringing food is OK
Learn from patients on DARZALEX® and their caregivers about their experiences.
Questions for Your Healthcare Provider
It is important to have conversations with your healthcare provider, and bringing these questions with you to your appointment may help.
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