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dolasetron (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking dolasetron (Anzemet)?

You should not take dolasetron if you are allergic to it.

Dolasetron can cause serious heart rhythm problems. You should not use this medication if you have a history of Long QT syndrome. Tell your doctor if anyone in your family has ever had this condition.

To make sure you can safely take dolasetron, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • kidney disease;
  • a serious heart condition such as "sick sinus syndrome";
  • a heart rhythm disorder such as slow heartbeats, or atrial fibrillation (fast, irregular heart rhythm);
  • congestive heart failure; or
  • an electrolyte imbalance (such as low levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood).

FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether dolasetron passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Dolasetron should not be given to a child younger than 2 years old.

How should I take dolasetron (Anzemet)?

Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Dolasetron is usually taken 1 hour before chemotherapy or 2 hours before surgery. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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