Staying on Track
Staying on Track
We understand how important it is for you to take your ERLEADA™ medication just as your doctor prescribed. Janssen CarePath provides ongoing support to help you stay on track with your ERLEADA™ treatment.
Janssen CarePath account
Your Janssen CarePath Care Coordinator can work with you and your doctor to help you get the support you may need. Support resources include:
- Explanation of your health insurance benefits and potential out-of-pocket costs
- Identification of and referral to cost support options, if needed
- Personalized prescription refill reminders via text message
Tools to help you track and meet your health and wellness goals
Care4Today® Connect is a helpful medication and appointment tracking and reminder tool designed to empower users to take an active role in their own health care. This application can enable users to track key health measures, providing support and motivation in between doctor visits in the following ways:
- Delivers medication, medication refill, and appointment reminders
- Enables users to record information such as exercise, etc.
- Users can share self-reported data with healthcare professionals
If you have any questions, please call Janssen CarePath at 1-833-ERLEADA (833-375-3232), Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM ET.
Connecting with others in your community
Resources are available online that can offer support and help you connect with others who are living with your condition. These include local support groups, fundraising walks, outreach programs, online communities, and volunteer opportunities. The Web sites below can help you learn more about your condition and connect with others.
ERLEADA™ Web site
This Web site contains additional information about treatment with ERLEADA™. On this Web site, you can also get helpful information about your condition.
This Web site connects patients and caregivers to national and state-specific advocacy groups relevant to oncology.
Cancer.com Web Site
An online resource designed to connect patients to educational, emotional, and community support they may need through their cancer journey. Tailored content provided by leading advocacy organizations, together with a suite of tools that may help users navigate life with cancer, including My Care Activator, The Advocacy Connector, and The Survivorship Guide.
ERLEADA™ (apalutamide) is a prescription medicine used to treat prostate cancer that has not spread to other parts of the body and no longer responds to a medical or surgical treatment that lowers testosterone.
It is not known if ERLEADA™ is safe or effective in children.
Do not take ERLEADA™ (apalutamide) if you:
- are pregnant or may become pregnant. ERLEADA™ may harm your unborn baby.
- are female. ERLEADA™ is not for use in women.
Before taking ERLEADA™, tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:
- have a history of seizures, brain injury, stroke, or brain tumors.
- have a partner who is pregnant or may become pregnant. Men who are sexually active with a pregnant woman must use a condom during and for 3 months after treatment with ERLEADA™. If your sexual partner may become pregnant, effective birth control (contraception) must be used during and for 3 months after treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider if you have questions about birth control.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. ERLEADA™ can interact with many other medicines.
You should not start or stop any medicine before you talk with the healthcare provider that prescribed ERLEADA™.
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them with you to show to your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.
How should I take ERLEADA™?
- Take ERLEADA™ exactly as your healthcare provider tells you.
- Take your prescribed dose of ERLEADA™ 1 time a day, at the same time each day.
- Take ERLEADA™ with or without food.
- Swallow ERLEADA™ tablets whole.
- Your healthcare provider may change your dose if needed.
- Do not stop taking your prescribed dose of ERLEADA™ without talking with your healthcare provider first.
- If you miss a dose of ERLEADA™, take your normal dose as soon as possible on the same day. Return to your normal schedule on the following day. You should not take extra tablets to make up the missed dose.
- You should start or continue a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) analog therapy during your treatment with ERLEADA™ unless you had a surgery to lower the amount of testosterone in your body (surgical castration).
- If you take too much ERLEADA™, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
- Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check for side effects.
What are the possible side effects of ERLEADA™?
ERLEADA™ may cause serious side effects including:
- Falls and fractures. ERLEADA™ treatment can cause bones and muscles to weaken and may increase your risk for falls and fractures. Falls and fractures have happened in people during treatment with ERLEADA™. Falls were not caused by loss of consciousness (fainting) or seizures. Your healthcare provider will monitor your risks for falls and fractures during treatment with ERLEADA™.
- Seizure. If you take ERLEADA™, you may be at risk of having a seizure. You should avoid activities where a sudden loss of consciousness could cause serious harm to yourself or others. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have a loss of consciousness or seizure. Your healthcare provider will stop ERLEADA™ if you have a seizure during treatment.
The most common side effects of ERLEADA™ include:
- feeling very tired
- high blood pressure
- decreased appetite
- weight loss
- joint pain
- hot flash
- bone injury (fracture)
- swollen hands, ankles, or feet
ERLEADA™ may cause fertility problems in males, which may affect the ability to father children. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have concerns about fertility. Do not donate sperm during treatment with ERLEADA™ and for 3 months after the last dose of ERLEADA™.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of ERLEADA™.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Please see the full Prescribing Information for ERLEADA™.