Patient Brochure

Take an active role in your care

This booklet will help you know what to expect from treatment with IXEMPRA® (ixabepilone). To get the most from your treatment with IXEMPRA:

  • Stay in touch with your healthcare team.
  • Let them know how you are feeling.
  • Talk with them about any side effects you may have.
  • Ask what you can do that may help you stay on treatment.
Side Effects Tracker

Track and share with your doctor

Use this side effects tracker to record side effects you have and when you have them. Print and complete this tracker for each cycle to track your side effects. Share it with your doctor at each office visit.

Learn more about metastatic breast cancer, also called mBC

Living Beyond Breast Cancer. Provides programs and services to help people whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer by providing information, community, and support that you can trust, is easy for you to access, and is respectful of you and your situation.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (MBCN). A national, independent, nonprofit, all-volunteer, patient-led advocacy organization dedicated to the unique concerns of the women and men living with metastatic breast cancer, also known as stage IV, or advanced, breast cancer.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). A not-for-profit alliance of 27 of the world’s leading cancer centers dedicated to improving the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of care provided to patients with cancer.

Look Good Feel Better. Dedicated to improving the self-esteem and quality of life of people undergoing treatment for cancer. The group’s aim is to improve their self-image and appearance through complimentary group, individual, and self-help beauty sessions that create a sense of support, confidence, courage, and community.

Susan G. Komen. Provides a wealth of safe, accurate, current, and evidence-based breast cancer information that has been developed with experts in breast cancer. If you want to know more on anything from understanding a diagnosis to treatments to types of assistance and support, you’ll find it here.

OncoLink. OncoLink was the first cancer information website on the Internet, started in 1994, and remains one of the largest. This award-winning site is maintained by a group of oncology healthcare professionals who understand the needs of patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. This community and its discussion boards have registered members from around the world. You can register to become a member, or you can simply browse the stories, support, and information that is offered.

Inspire. A safe and secure place for patients and caregivers to support and connect with one another through online health and wellness support communities. Join many others who understand what you’re going through and are making important decisions about their health.

CaringBridge. No more repeating the story over and over. Connect with all of your family and friends at once, giving you time to focus on what matters. By creating a free CaringBridge website, people in a time of need can share updates, photos, and videos, connecting with friends and family who care and want to help.

METAvivor. A volunteer-led, nonprofit organization that funds vital research to help improve the longevity and quality of life for mBC patients, rallying public attention to the urgent needs of the mBC community, helping patients find strength through support and purpose, and making every dollar count to extend and improve quality of life for mBC patients.

CancerCare. Provides telephone, online, and face-to-face counseling, support groups, education, publications, and financial and co-payment assistance. Professional oncology social workers offer personalized care, and all services are free of charge.

Cancer Support Community. Emotional and educational services for all people affected by cancer. This website has a range of information, tools, and support to help you cope with the impact of cancer.

Indications and Important Safety Informationexpand

What is IXEMPRA® (ixabepilone)?

IXEMPRA is used alone or with another cancer medicine called capecitabine to treat locally advanced breast cancer or breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic) when certain other medicines have not worked or no longer work. It is not known if IXEMPRA is safe and effective in children.

Important Safety Information about IXEMPRA

Your healthcare provider should do blood tests to check your liver function before you begin receiving IXEMPRA and as needed while you are receiving IXEMPRA. If blood tests show that you have liver problems, do not receive injections of IXEMPRA along with the medicine capecitabine. Taking these two medicines together if you have liver problems increases your chance of serious problems. These include serious infection and death due to a very low white blood cell count (neutropenia).

You should not have your injection of IXEMPRA if you:

Before you receive IXEMPRA, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. IXEMPRA and certain other medicines may affect each other causing side effects. IXEMPRA may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how IXEMPRA works. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines with you to show your healthcare provider.

How will I receive IXEMPRA?

What should I avoid while receiving IXEMPRA?

IXEMPRA may cause serious side effects. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following while taking IXEMPRA:

The most common side effects of IXEMPRA when used alone or with capecitabine may include:

IXEMPRA may cause fertility problems in females and males, which may affect your ability to have children. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have concerns about fertility.

If you have any questions about your health or your medicines, talk with your healthcare provider.

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