If you have a certain type of cancer, your doctor may suggest a treatment like libtayo.

The following conditions are treated with libtayo.

The active ingredient in Libtayo is cemiplimab-rwlc. (An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.) Libtayo is a biologic drug, which means it is made from living cells. It belongs to a group of drugs called monoclonal antibodies.

This article describes the dosage of Libtayo, as well as its strength and how the drug is given. To learn more about Libtayo, see this in-depth article.

Note: This chart highlights the basics of Libtayo’s dosage. Be sure to read on for more detail. And please keep in mind that this article covers Libtayo’s standard dosage schedule provided by the drug’s manufacturer. But always follow the dosing instructions your doctor prescribes.

Libtayo form Libtayo strength Typical dosage
Liquid solution in a single-dose vial 350 milligrams per 7 milliliters intravenous (IV) infusion* of 350 mg once every 3 weeks

An injection is a procedure that injects something into your body.

“Information about the typical dosage of Libtayo is below. You can get the Libtayo at a doctor’s office, healthcare facility, or an infusion center.”

What is Libtayo’s form?

Libtayo comes as a liquid solution in single-dose vials. It’s given as an intravenous (IV) infusion (an injection into your vein over a period of time).

What strength does Libtayo come in?

350 milligrams per 7 liters is the strength of libtayo.

What are the usual dosages of Libtayo?

The information below describes dosages that are commonly used or recommended. But be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions when you get the infusion.

Dosage for cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC)

For treating cSCC, Libtayo’s usual dosage is 350 mg, given as a 30-minute IV infusion every 3 weeks.

Dosage for basal cell carcinoma (BCC)

Libtayo’s typical dosage for BCC is 350 mg, which is given as a 30-minute IV infusion every 3 weeks.

Dosage for Non-small cell lung cancer is not a small cell lung cancer. (NSCLC)

When used to treat NSCLC, the usual dose is 350 mg of Libtayo. This is given as a 30-minute IV infusion every 3 weeks.

Is Libtayo used long term?

It is a long-term treatment. If you and your doctor determine that it is safe and effective for you, you will likely receive it for a long time.

Dosage adjustments

If you experience any reactions to your current or future libtayo infusions, your doctor may need to slow the rate of your current or future libtayo infusions. These reactions may include:

  • There are side effects in the nervous system.
  • infusion-related reactions such as nausea, There is a high degree of fever., or breathing problems
  • Inflammation of the liver can be caused by a tumor or by something else.
  • The heart has inflammation of the muscle tissue.
  • There are serious skin peeling conditions.
  • The inflammation of the colon.
  • lung inflammation
  • kidney problems

Libtayo is given as an intravenous (IV) infusion (an injection into your vein over a period of time). You’ll receive Libtayo doses at a doctor’s office, healthcare facility, or infusion center.

The time for the infusion is 30 minutes. If you have questions about what to expect, you should talk to your doctor.

It’s important to keep all of your appointments to receive Libtayo infusions. If you need help remembering your appointments, try using an alarm, phone app, or another medication reminder. If you need to miss an appointment, let your doctor’s office know right away. They’ll help you reschedule.

The drug manufacturer gives the usual dosage. If your doctor recommends it, they will prescribe the correct amount of libtayo.

If you have questions about your current dose, talk to your doctor.

Some questions you may want to ask your doctor.

  • How should I prepare for my appointments?
  • When will my treatment resume?
  • Does my health history affect my medication?
  • Will my other medications affect my dose of libtayo?

Q:

Will my libtayo injection take longer than 30 minutes?

Anonymous

A:

Not usually. In rare cases, people experience an reaction to the drug. If this happens, your current or future infusions may be given more slowly. Your doctor may change your schedule to make it less frequent.

There are symptoms of an infused reaction.

If the reaction is severe, your infusion may be stopped. In some cases, your doctor may stop your treatment and give you another drug.

If you have questions about what to expect during your infusion appointments, talk with your doctor. You can also learn more about intravenous (IV) infusions in this article.

The Healthline Pharmacist TeamAnswers represent the opinions of our medical experts. All content is strictly informational and should not be considered medical advice.

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