What is Imjudo?
Imjudo is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with:
- a type of liver cancer called unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (uHCC). Imjudo may be used in combination with durvalumab when your uHCC cannot be removed by surgery.
- a type of lung cancer called non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Imjudo may be used in combination with durvalumab and chemotherapy that contains platinum when your NSCLC:
- has spread to other parts of your body (metastatic), and
- your tumor does not have an abnormal “EGFR” or “ALK” gene.
It is not known if Imjudo is safe and effective in children.
What is the most important information I should know about Imjudo?
Imjudo is a medicine that may treat certain cancers by working with your immune system.
Imjudo in combination with durvalumab can cause your immune system to attack normal organs and tissues in any area of your body and can affect the way they work. These problems can sometimes become severe or lifethreatening and can lead to death. You can have more than one of these problems at the same time. These problems may happen anytime during treatment or even after your treatment has ended.
Call or see your healthcare provider right away if you develop any new or worsening signs or symptoms, including:
- Lung problems
- shortness of breath
- chest pain
- Intestinal problems
- diarrhea (loose stools) or more frequent bowel movements than usual
- severe stomach-area (abdomen) pain or tenderness
- stools that are black, tarry, sticky, or have blood or mucus
- Liver problems
- yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes
- dark urine (tea colored)
- bleeding or bruising more easily than normal
- severe nausea or vomiting
- pain on the right side of your stomach-area (abdomen)
- Hormone gland problems
- headaches that will not go away or unusual headaches
- urinating more often than usual
- hair loss
- eye sensitivity to light
- feeling cold
- eye problems
- rapid heartbeat
- your voice gets deeper
- increase sweating
- dizziness or fainting
- extreme tiredness
- changes in mood or behavior, such as decreased sex drive, irritability, or forgetfulness
- weight gain or weight loss
- feeling more hungry or thirsty than usual
- Kidney problems
- decrease in your amount of urine
- swelling of your ankles
- blood in your urine
- loss of appetite
- Skin problems
- painful sores or ulcers in mouth or nose, throat, or genital area
- skin blistering or peeling
- fever or flu-like symptoms
- swollen lymph nodes.
- Pancreas problems
- pain in your upper stomach-area (abdomen)
- loss of appetite
- severe nausea or vomiting
- Problems can also happen in other organs and tissues. These are not all of the signs and symptoms of immune system problems that can happen with Imjudo. Call or see your healthcare provider right away for any new or worsening signs or symptoms, which may include:
- chest pain, irregular heartbeats, shortness of breath or swelling of ankles
- confusion, sleepiness, memory problems, changes in mood or behavior, stiff neck, balance problems, tingling or numbness of the arms or legs
- double vision, blurry vision, sensitivity to light, eye pain, changes in eye sight
- persistent or severe muscle pain or weakness, muscle cramps
- low red blood cells, bruising
- Infusion reactions that can sometimes be severe or life-threatening. Signs and symptoms of infusion reactions may include:
- chills or shaking
- itching or rash
- feel like passing out
- shortness of breath or wheezing
- back or neck pain
Getting medical treatment right away may help keep these problems from becoming more serious. Your healthcare provider will check you for these problems during your treatment with Imjudo. Your healthcare provider may treat you with corticosteroid or hormone replacement medicines. Your healthcare provider may also need to delay or completely stop treatment with Imjudo, if you have severe side effects.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before using Imjudo?
Before you receive Imjudo, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
- have immune system problems such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, or lupus
- have a condition that affects your nervous system, such as myasthenia gravis or Guillain-Barré syndrome
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Imjudo can harm your unborn baby.
- are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Imjudo passes into your breast milk. Do not breastfeed during treatment and for 3 months after your last dose of Imjudo.
Females who are able to become pregnant
- Your healthcare provider should do a pregnancy test before you start treatment with Imjudo.
- You should use an effective method of birth control during your treatment and for 3 months after your last dose of Imjudo. Talk to your healthcare provider about birth control methods that you can use during this time.
- Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant during treatment with Imjudo.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
How should I use Imjudo?
- Your healthcare provider will determine your treatment schedule and cycles of treatment.
- Your healthcare provider will give you Imjudo into your vein through an intravenous (IV) line over 60 minutes.
- For the treatment of uHCC:
- On the same day you receive Imjudo, you will receive durvalumab through an intravenous (IV) line over 60 minutes.
- Imjudo is given to you as a single dose.
- You will then receive durvalumab every 4 weeks
- For the treatment of NSCLC:
- On the same day you receive Imjudo, you will receive durvalumab followed by platinum-containing chemotherapy. You will receive combination chemotherapy every 3 weeks for four cycles (Cycle 1-4).
- You will receive Imjudo in combination with durvalumab for one cycle only (Cycle 6).
- You will then receive durvalumab every 4 weeks. You healthcare provider will decide if you will also receive chemotherapy every 4 weeks.
- Your healthcare provider will test your blood to check you for certain side effects.
- If you miss your appointment, call your healthcare provider as soon as possible to reschedule your appointment.
What are the possible side effects of Imjudo?
Imjudo can cause serious side effects, including:
The most common side effects of Imjudo when used in combination with durvalumab in adults with uHCC include:
- muscle or bone pain
- feeling tired
- stomach (abdominal) pain
The most common side effects of Imjudo when used in combination with durvalumab and platinum-containing chemotherapy in adults with metastatic NSCLC include:
- decreased appetite
- feeling tired or weak
- muscle or bone pain
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of Imjudo. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
General information about the safe and effective use of Imjudo
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. If you would like more information about Imjudo, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your healthcare provider for information about Imjudo that is written for health professionals.
What are the ingredients in Imjudo?
Active ingredient: tremelimumab-actl
Inactive ingredients: edetate disodium, histidine, L-histidine hydrochloride monohydrate, polysorbate 80, trehalose, and Water for Injection, USP.
For more information, call 1-800-236-9933 or go to www.IMJUDO.com