What is Bendamustine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Bendeka Treanda

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See also: Lenalidomide-bendamustine-dexamethasone

Bendamustine belongs to the group of anti-cancer medicines called alkylating agents. It is used to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a type of cancer of the white blood cells. It can also be used for other types of blood cancers such as Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma as well as multiple myeloma.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma 4 3
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia 3 2
Follicular lymphoma 2 0
Mantle cell lymphoma 1 1
Nonsecretory multiple myeloma 1 2

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 2
Mild 3
None 0

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Bendamustine

Side effect Patients
Nausea 4
Overwhelming fatigue 2
Constant tiredness 1
Flushing 1
Loss of sense of taste 1
Swollen veins in arms 1

Show all 9 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Bendamustine

Dosage Patients
150 mg monthly 1

Why patients stopped taking Bendamustine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 1
Doctor's advice 1
Other 1
See all 3 patients who've stopped taking Bendamustine

Duration

Currently taking Bendamustine

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1

Stopped taking Bendamustine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 6
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 0
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 1
Not specified 5

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Bendamustine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Ibrutinib (Imbruvica) 1
Lenalidomide (Revlimid) 1
Rituximab (Rituxan) 1

Patients stopped taking Bendamustine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Ibrutinib (Imbruvica) 2
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1 patient evaluation for Bendamustine

May 23, 2018 (Started Feb 28, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (nausea, overwhelming fatigue, swollen veins in arms)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Monthly
Advice & Tips: I am back on Bendeka and Gozyva - same dosages as before. I have asked the nurses administering my infusions of Bendeka to slow the drip to 30 minutes (versus the 10 minutes as prescribed) - this seems to do less damage to my veins and surrounding nerves. We shall see as the next 5 months of treatments go by.

Mar 8, 2017 (Started Feb 28, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma)
  • Side effects
    Severe (nausea, overwhelming fatigue, swollen veins in arms)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Monthly
Advice & Tips: I had 2 infusions of Bendeka over two days at 75 MG per day along with 1000 MG Gazeva (this is a new RX because Rituxan no longer has any effect on my lymphoma) . My arm began to burn at the infusion site after a few minutes, the veins red turned red and the redness extended up the vein for several days, as did moderate pain. After one week, the veins are still visibly swollen and discolored. My arm feels like I was struck hard with something like a baseball bat. Aside from my arm, I have been flat on my butt for the past 5 days - I think I am finally getting some energy back. This stuff definitely got my attention.

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