- It is used to treat prostate cancer.
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
- If you have an allergy to radium Ra 223 dichloride or any other part of this drug.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you are pregnant or may be pregnant. Do not take this drug if you are pregnant.
- If you are taking chemotherapy or other kinds of cancer treatment.
- Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
- Have your blood work checked. Talk with your doctor.
- Use care to keep body fluids from coming in contact with family members or caregivers. Wash soiled clothing right away and use gloves when touching body fluids for at least 5 days after each treatment.
- Use the same toilet each time you use the bathroom in your home. Sit down on the toilet to urinate to keep urine from splashing or spraying. Flush the toilet a few times after each use.
- This drug may raise the chance of bone cancer and other types of cancer. Talk with your doctor.
- If you are a man and have sex with a woman who can get pregnant, protect your partner from pregnancy. Use a latex condom during care and for 6 months after stopping this drug. Your female partner must also use birth control that you can trust to stop pregnancy during care and for 6 months after you stop this drug.
- This drug may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant.
- If you get pregnant while taking this drug, call your doctor right away.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
- This drug is not approved for use in women.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of infection like fever, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, or wound that will not heal.
- Very upset stomach or throwing up.
- Very loose stools (diarrhea).
- Too much sweat or fluid loss.
- Swelling in the arms or legs.
- Not able to pass urine.
- This drug may lower the ability of your bone marrow to make blood cells that your body needs. This can lead to very bad and sometimes deadly bleeding problems or infections. Tell your doctor right away if you have signs of infection like fever, chills, or sore throat; any bruising or bleeding; or if you feel very tired or weak.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- It is given as a shot into a vein.
- Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids after the test is over unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.
- This drug will be given to you in a hospital or doctor’s office. You will not store it at home.
- Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
If you have any questions or concerns, talk with a member of your healthcare team. You can reach them Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at ____________________. After 5:00 pm, during the weekend, and on holidays, please call____________________. If there’s no number listed, or you’re not sure, call
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