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Jelmyto

Generic name: Mitomycin (gel). [ Mye-toe-mye-sin]
Brand name: Jelmyto
Drug class: antibiotics and antineoplastics

What is Jelmyto Gel?

Jelmyto can be used to treat cancer in the linings of the upper urinary system, including the kidney. Jelmyto can be used in other ways not mentioned in this guide.

Side effects of Jelmyto gel

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention: difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of the face, lips, or throat.

Jelmyto can cause swelling and narrowing in your ureter, the tube through which urine flows from your kidneys to your bladder. If you experience a fever or pain in your lower back or side, call your doctor immediately.

Call your doctor immediately if you:

  • Pain or difficulty urinating;
  • Blood in urine
  • Low blood cell counts: fever; chills; skin and mouth sores. Easy bruising. Unusual bleeding. Pale skin. Cold hands and feet. Feeling light-headed.

Jelmyto side effects may include:

  • Side pain, urination issues, blood in the urine
  • kidney problems;
  • tiredness; or
  • nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain.

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. The FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.

Similar/related drugs

Keytruda, Pembrolizumab, Nivolumab, Opdivo, Trodelvy, and Avelumab

Warnings

Jelmyto can cause swelling and narrowing in your ureter, the tube through which urine flows from your kidneys to your bladder. If you experience a fever or pain in your lower back or side, call your doctor immediately.

Before you take this drug

Jelmyto should not be used if:

  • A perforation is a hole (or tear) in the bladder or upper urinary system.

Jelmyto may harm an unborn child if either the mother or father are taking this medication.

  • Do not take Jelmyto while pregnant if you're a woman. Use birth control during your treatment with this medication and for 6 months following the last dose.
  • Use effective birth control if you're a man and your partner can get pregnant. Continue to use birth control at least three months after the last dose.
  • If you notice a pregnancy while using Jelmyto, tell your doctor immediately.

Do not breastfeed for 1 week after taking this medication.

How to take Jelmyto Gel?

Jelmyto can be injected directly into your kidneys using a catheter that is placed in the urethra. (The tube used to drain urine from your bladder) This medicine will be given to you by a healthcare provider.

You will also need to take sodium bicarbonate before each Jelmyto treatment. Follow your doctor's directions carefully when taking this medication. Jelmyto can be taken once a week for six weeks. You should always follow your doctor's instructions. Jelmyto can be used for up to 11 months after the initial six treatments.

Your urine may turn violet or blue after receiving this medication. Your urine will be contaminated with harmful substances after you have taken this medication. At least 6 hours following each Jelmyto treatment:

  • Use a toilet instead of a urinal, and sit on the toilet when urinating. After using the toilet, flush it several times.
  • After using the toilet, wash your hands. Wash your inner thighs, genital region, and genital areas with soap and warm water.
  • Wear latex gloves when cleaning up urine.
  • Wash the clothes immediately if urine gets on them.

What happens if I miss the dose?

If you are unable to attend your Jelmyto treatment appointment, call your doctor and reschedule.

What happens if I overdose?

Jelmyto will be administered by a healthcare provider in a medical environment, so an overdose should not occur.

What should be avoided?

Avoid letting urine contact your skin for at least six hours following each treatment.

Interaction with other drug

Inform your doctor of all other medications you are taking, including diuretics or "water pills."

Jelmyto may be affected by other drugs, such as vitamins and herbal remedies. Inform your doctor of all the medicines you are taking and those that you stop or start using.