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Cytoxan Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Cyclophosphamide belongs to the group of medicines known as alkylating agents. It is used to treat cancer of the ovaries, breast, blood and lymph system, nerves, retinoblastoma, multiple myeloma, and mycosis fungoides.

Cytoxan Dosage

  • For the treatment of Malignant Diseases, the usual starting oral dosage range is 1 to 5 milligrams per 2.2 pounds of body weight per day.
  • For children, the usual starting oral dosage is 2.5 to 3 milligrams per 2.2 pounds of body weight per day for a period of 60 to 90 days.

Uses of Cytoxan

  • Cyclophosphamide is also used to treat bronchogenic carcinoma, small cell lung carcinoma, and other types of cancer.
  • Cyclophosphamide is also used for treatment of some kinds of kidney disease.

Side Effects of Cytoxan

Before taken Cytoxan medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Cytoxan. Side effects may include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Temporary hair loss

Warnings and precautions before taking Cytoxan:

  • If you are allergic to cyclophosphamide or any other drugs, then you should tell your doctor.
  • If you are taking prescription and nonprescription medications especially aspirin and vitamins, then you should tell your doctor.
  • You should tell your doctor if you have or have ever had kidney disease.

Drug Interaction :-If you are taking Cytoxan with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Cytoxan with the following:

  • Anticancer drugs such as Adriamycin
  • Allopurinol
  • Phenobarbital

Although there is no specific information on Cytoxan overdose. But after taken Cytoxan if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect.

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