Hematopoietic Progenitor Cells, Cord Blood (hee-mat-oh-POE-et-ik proe-JEN-i-ter sels, kord blud)
Used as part of a stem cell transplant.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), dextran 40, hydroxyethylstarch, or plasma proteins.
How to Use This Medicine
- A doctor or other trained health professional will give you this medicine in a hospital. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
- You may also receive medicines to help prevent adverse reactions to the injection.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have leukemia or a history of allergy to antibiotics.
- This medicine may cause an infusion reaction while you are receiving it or in the first few hours after the injection. Check with your doctor or nurse right away if you have a headache, dizziness, muscle aches, a fever or chills, or a rash or itchy skin.
- Tell your doctor right away if you have a fever, rash, diarrhea, unexplained weight gain, or yellow skin or eyes. These may be symptoms of graft-versus-host disease or engraftment syndrome.
- Tell your doctor right away if you have swollen lymph glands, a fever, diarrhea, loss of appetite, stomach pain, or weight loss. These may be symptoms of PTLD, which can be life-threatening without immediate medical attention.
- This medicine is made from donated human blood. Some human blood products have transmitted viruses to people who have received them, although the risk is low. Talk with your doctor if you are concerned.
- Keep all appointments with your doctor. He will need to check your blood or urine at regular visits.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Chest pain
- Fast or slow heartbeat
- Fever, chills, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting
- Headache or dizziness
- Loss of appetite or weight loss
- Swollen or tender lymph glands in your neck, armpit, or groin
- Unusual weight gain
- Yellow skin or eyes
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Redness, pain, itching, burning, swelling, or a lump under your skin where the needle is placed
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088