Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about RIBOMUSTIN powder for injection.
It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of
talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you being
given RIBOMUSTIN against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet while being treated.
You may need to read it again.
What RIBOMUSTIN is used for
RIBOMUSTIN belongs to a group of medicines called antineoplastic or cytotoxic medicines.
You may also hear of these being called chemotherapy medicines. These medicines are
used to kill cancer cells.
RIBOMUSTIN is used for the treatment of certain types of cancer.
RIBOMUSTIN is used alone (monotherapy) or in combination with other medicines for
the treatment of the following forms of cancer:
Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia;
Indolent, Stage III-IV Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and Stage III-IV Mantle Cell Lymphoma.
It is prescribed for patients who have not been previously treated.
Indolent Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. It is prescribed for patients who have received one
or more prior treatment and whose cancer is still progressing.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Before you are given RIBOMUSTIN
When you must not use it
Do not use RIBOMUSTIN if you:
Are hypersensitive (allergic) to the active substance, bendamustine hydrochloride
or any of the other ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet;
Have severe liver dysfunction (damage to the functional cells of the liver);
Have yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes caused by liver or blood problems
Have severely disturbed bone marrow function (bone marrow depression) and serious
changes in your number of white blood cells and platelets in the blood;
Have had major surgical operations less than 30 days before starting treatment;
Have an infection, especially one accompanied by a reduction in white blood cells
In combination with yellow fever vaccines.
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
shortness of breath
wheezing or difficulty breathing
swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body
rash, itching or hives on the skin
Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant.
Like most medicines used to treat cancer, RIBOMUSTIN is not recommended for use during
Do not breast-feed if you are using this medicine.
Before you start to use it
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:
reduced capability of the bone marrow to replace blood cells
infections, including fever or lung symptoms
skin reaction. The reaction may increase in severity
heart disease (e.g. heart attack, chest pain, severely disturbed heart rhythms)
hepatitis B infection
severe allergic or hypersensitivity reactions. You should pay attention to infusion
reactions after your first cycle of RIBOMUSTIN therapy.
Women of childbearing potential must use effective methods of contraception both before
and during RIBOMUSTIN therapy. Men receiving treatment with RIBOMUSTIN are advised
not to conceive a child during treatment for up to 6 months afterwards. Before starting
treatment, you should seek advice on storing sperm because of the possibility of permanent
Unintentional injection into the tissue outside blood vessels (extravasal injection)
should be stopped immediately. The needle should be removed after a short aspiration.
Thereafter, the affected area of tissue should be cooled. The arm should be elevated.
Additional treatments like the use of corticosteroids are not of clear benefit.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or are breast-feeding.
Your doctor can discuss with you the risks and benefits involved.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell him/her before you start
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any
that you get without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food
In particular, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:
medicines that may result in excessive immunosuppression, such as cyclosporine or
fluvoxamine, medicines used to treat depression.
ciprofloxacin and aciclovir, medicines use to treat infections.
cimetidine, a medicine used to treat duodenal, gastric ulcers.
medicines that inhibit the formation of blood in the bone marrow.
These medicines may be affected by RIBOMUSTIN or may affect how well it works. You
may need different amounts of your medicines, or you may need to take different medicines.
Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or
avoid while taking this medicine.
How RIBOMUSTIN is given
Your treatment with RIBOMUSTIN will take place in a specialised medical unit, under
the supervision of a doctor experienced in the use of cytotoxic medicinal products.
Treatment should not be started if your white blood cells (leukocytes) have fallen
to counts below 3,000 cells/µL and/or your blood platelets have fallen to counts below
75,000 cells/µL. Your doctor will determine these values at regular intervals.
How much is given
Your doctor will decide what dose you will receive. The dose will be calculated from
your height and weight. It will also depend on factors such as kidney function, liver
function and other medicines you are being given.
Dose for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia:
100mg per square metre of your body surface area
Cycle should be repeated after 4 weeks up to 6 times.
Dose for progressing Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma:
120mg per square metre of your body surface area on days 1 and 2
Cycle should be repeated after 3 weeks up to 6 times
Dose for previously not treated indolent Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and Mantle Cell Lymphoma:
90mg per square metre on days 1 and 2
Cycle should be repeated after 4 weeks up to 6 cycles.
Your doctor may change the dose during treatment depending on your response.
Ask your doctor if you want to know more about the dose of RIBOMUSTIN you receive.
How it is given
RIBOMUSTIN will be dissolved in sterile normal sodium chloride (salt) solution for
RIBOMUSTIN is administered into a vein over 30-60 minutes in various dosages, either
alone (monotherapy) or in combination with other medicines.
How long it is given
There is no time limit laid down as a general rule for treatment with RIBOMUSTIN.
Duration of treatment depends on disease and response to treatment.
What do I do if I receive too much? (overdose)
As RIBOMUSTIN is given to you under supervision of your doctor, it is very unlikely
that you will receive too much. However, if you experience side effects after being
given RIBOMUSTIN, tell your doctor or nurse immediately or go to Accident and Emergency
at your nearest hospital.
You may need urgent medical attention.
While you are using RIBOMUSTIN
Things you must do
Keep all of your doctor's appointments so that your progress can be checked.
Your doctor may do some blood, urine or other tests from time to time to make sure
the medicine is working and to prevent unwanted side effects.
Keep follow-up appointments with your doctor. It is important to have your follow-up
doses of RIBOMUSTIN at the appropriate times to get the best effects from your treatment.
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, remind your doctor and pharmacist
that you are taking RIBOMUSTIN.
Tell any other doctors, dentists, and pharmacists who treat you that you are taking
If you are going to have surgery, tell the surgeon or anaesthetist that you are taking
It may affect other medicines used during surgery.
If you become pregnant while taking this medicine, tell your doctor immediately.
RIBOMUSTIN can lower the number of white blood cells and platelets in your blood.
This means that you have an increased chance of getting an infection or bleeding.
The following precautions should be taken to reduce your risk of infection or bleeding:
Avoid people who have infections. Check with your doctor immediately if you think
you may be getting an infection, or if you get a fever, chills, cough, hoarse throat,
lower back or side pain.
Be careful when using a toothbrush, toothpick or dental floss. Your doctor, dentist,
nurse or pharmacist may recommend other ways to clean your teeth and gums. Check with
your doctor before having any dental work.
Be careful not to cut yourself when you are using sharp objects such as a razor or
Things to be careful of
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how RIBOMUSTIN affects you.
This medicine may cause sleepiness, dizziness, lack of coordination or fatigue in
some people. If you have any of these symptoms, do not drive, operate machinery or
do anything else that could be dangerous.
If you feel light-headed, dizzy or faint when getting out of bed or standing up, get
Standing up slowly, especially when you get up from bed or chairs, will help your
body get used to the change in position and blood pressure. If this problem continues
or gets worse, talk to your doctor.
Like all medicines, RIBOMUSTIN can have side effects. Some of these effects may be
serious. However, there may be ways to reduce the discomfort of these effects. You
may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well
while you are being treated with RIBOMUSTIN.
Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects. You may not experience
any of them.
Ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
Low counts of white blood cells; decrease in the red pigment of the blood (haemoglobin);
low counts platelets; decreased number of red blood cells (anaemia)
Feeling sick (nausea); vomiting; fatigue; chills, fever, headache or cough
Increased blood level of creatinine, glucose or urea
Hypersensitivity reactions such as allergic inflammation of the skin (dermatitis),
nettle rash (urticaria)
A rise in liver enzymes AST/ALT
A rise in bile pigment
A rise in the enzyme alkaline phosphatase
Low potassium, sodium or calcium blood levels
Disturbed function of the heart; disturbed heart rhythms (arrhythmia)
Low or high blood pressure
Diarrhoea; constipation, or stomach pain
Loss of appetite or weight loss
Missed periods (amenorrhoea)
Insomnia, anxiety, or depression
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:
Infection of the blood (sepsis)
Severe allergic hypersensitivity reactions (anaphylactic reactions); signs similar
to anaphylactic reactions (anaphylactoid reactions)
Loss of voice (aphonia)
Acute circulatory collapse
Reddening of the skin (erythema); inflammation of the skin (dermatitis); itching;
If any of the following happen, tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and
Emergency at your nearest hospital:
Pneumonia (primary atypical inflammation of the lungs)
Break-down of red blood cell
Anaphylactic shock (rapid decrease in blood pressure sometimes with skin reactions
Disturbed sense of taste; altered sensations
Feeling unwell; pain in the limbs
Anticholinergic syndrome (disease of the nervous system); neurological disorders
Ataxia (lack of coordination)
Inflammation of the brain; inflammation of the veins
Increased heart rate; heart attack; chest pain; heart failure
Formation of tissue in the lungs (fibrosis of the lungs)
Bleeding inflammation of the gullet; bleeding stomach
Multiple organ failure.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell.
After using RIBOMUSTIN
RIBOMUSTIN should be kept in a cool dry place, protected from light, where temperature
stays below 25°C.
What it looks like
RIBOMUSTIN is a white, microcrystalline powder in a brown glass vial with rubber stopper
and an aluminium flip-off cap.
Each pack contains one single-use vial.
Bendamustine hydrochloride 25mg
Bendamustine hydrochloride 100mg
Other ingredients: mannitol.
JANSSEN-CILAG PTY LTD
1-5 Khartoum Rd
Macquarie Park NSW 2113
Telephone: 1800 226 334
NZ Office: Auckland, New Zealand
Telephone: 0800 800 806
RIBOMUSTIN 25mg vial: AUST R 211685
RIBOMUSTIN 100mg vial: AUST R 211684
This leaflet was prepared in June 2018