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When and How to Use It

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Campath include the following:
  • This medication comes in the form of a liquid that is given as a slow injection into a vein (called an intravenous or IV infusion).
  • The injection will be given by a healthcare provider in a healthcare setting, such as a doctor's office or clinic. It will take at least two hours for you to receive your dose.
  • You will be given medication by mouth about 30 minutes before your Campath dose to help reduce the chance that you will have side effects during the infusion.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. Be sure to keep all your appointments to receive Campath.

Dosing Information

The dose of Campath your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on how well you tolerate the medication. As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Campath Dosage for more information.)

Side Effects of Campath

Just like any medicine, Campath can cause side effects, some of which can be quite significant. In fact, most people who use the drug will experience some type of adverse reaction during treatment.
Your healthcare provider will give you medicines to help manage some of these side effects. Talk to your healthcare provider about strategies to prevent or treat any problems you may experience.
Common side effects of Campath include but are not limited to:
  • Decreased blood cell counts
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Chills.
(Click Campath Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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