Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Allergic and infusion reactions: This medication can cause allergic reactions and side effects that are related to receiving the infusion. Some of these reactions can be severe. If you experience shortness of breath, wheezing, fever, chills, lightheadedness, hoarseness, difficulty speaking, fainting, hives, or swelling of the face and throat while receiving this medication, tell your doctor or nurse immediately or get immediate medical attention.
If you experience a severe infusion reaction, you should not receive this medication again.
Vaccines: People receiving basiliximab may not respond as well to vaccines or may be at risk of becoming ill from a live vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you need any vaccinations while taking this medication.
Pregnancy: Basiliximab should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. Women who are receiving this medication should use adequate contraception during treatment and for 4 months following the last dose. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if basiliximab passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding. Women taking this medication should not breast-feed during treatment and for 4 months after the last dose.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children.