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Your weight and height are used to calculate an appropriate Marqibo dosage. Your amount will also depend on how well you tolerate this medication. For example, if you develop serious side effects, you may need a lower dosage or a longer break between doses. This chemotherapy drug comes as an injection that is given into a vein once every seven days.
The dose of Marqibo® (liposomal vincristine sulfate) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, such as:
- Your weight and height
- How you tolerate the medication, such as if you experience side effects.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
Like many chemotherapy medications, Marqibo doses are based on body surface area, which is calculated using your height and weight. Doses based on body surface area are written as milligrams per meter squared (mg per m2).
The recommended dosage of Marqibo for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia is 2.25 mg per m2 once every seven days. Your healthcare provider will monitor you closely after each dose. If you experience potentially serious Marqibo side effects, your healthcare provider may reduce your dosage, recommend a longer break between doses, or stop treatment altogether.
Some considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Marqibo include the following:
- This medication comes in injectable form. It is usually given slowly into a vein (as an intravenous, or IV, infusion) once every seven days.
- You will normally receive your injection in a healthcare setting, such as a hospital or infusion center.
- Each dose of Marqibo is given over approximately one hour.
- Let your healthcare provider know right away if you experience redness, swelling, or burning at your IV site while receiving your infusion. These could be signs of a potentially serious problem.
- Marqibo should only be given intravenously (as an IV). It may cause death if administered by other routes.
- This medication can cause constipation. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated, unless your healthcare provider tells you otherwise. You may also need to increase your dietary fiber and take medicines to soften your stool (stool softeners).
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. This medication works best if taken on schedule; however, you may need an interruption in therapy if you develop certain side effects.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage of Marqibo, please talk with your healthcare provider, nurse, or pharmacist.