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Generic Name: Palifermin (pal-ee-FER-min)
Brand Name: Kepivance
Palifermin is used for:
Reducing and treating mouth sores in patients who are receiving chemotherapy and radiation to treat lymphoma and other blood-related cancers.
Palifermin is a protein, keratinocyte growth factor. It works by increasing cell growth and healing of skin tissue.
Do NOT use Palifermin if:
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Palifermin :
Some medical conditions may interact with Palifermin . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Palifermin . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Palifermin may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Palifermin :
Use Palifermin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Palifermin .
Important safety information:
Possible side effects of Palifermin :
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of Palifermin :
Palifermin is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Palifermin at home, store Palifermin as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep Palifermin out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Palifermin . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition 06.4.1.002
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.
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