Cytoxan is a highly useful medication that is used to treat a number of cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and eye cancer. It also used to treat certain types of kidney problems amongst children.
How it Works
This medication is an antineoplastic which is a type of chemotherapy drug. Thus, it works by slowing the growth and spread of cancer cells across the body. This medication also works by reducing the response of the immune system to a number of illnesses.
The main use of this medication is its ability to treat various types of cancers. Apart from breast and ovarian cancer, this can treat cancers such as neuroblastoma, multiple myeloma, and mycosis fungoides. The medication is also useful in treating a certain type of kidney disease amongst children. Moreover, Cytoxan is useful in treating conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and also to prevent organ transplant rejection.
Your dosage will be determined by your health condition, response to the treatment, weight and also by other treatments, such as chemotherapy, that you might be taking. Make sure to inform your physician about all the other types of medications and supplements that you are using in order to avoid the possibility of a negative chemical reaction. If you are taking capsules, always swallow them whole. Do not crush, bite or chew this medication since it can increase the risk of side effects.
Do not increase your dosage without notifying your physician. This will not improve your condition but will only lead to negative health consequences. If you want to make any changes to the dose schedule, make sure to consult your healthcare provider first.
Although it is not known whether you will or will not experience the side effects of Cytoxan, it is best to keep an eye out for the following.
Swelling of the face
If you experience any of the above symptoms, do not hesitate to contact your healthcare provider immediately.
The easiest way to prevent the above effects from occurring is to follow the precautionary methods given below throughout the treatment period.
Avoid engaging in activities that can cause injury since this medication can reduce the number of platelets in your body and thereby can result in unusual bleeding.
This medication can reduce your ability to fight certain infections. Thus, stay away from people with cold and other contagious diseases.
Do not use this medication on the elderly since they are more sensitive to its side effects.
It is best to use birth control when taking this medication.
This drug can reduce your ability to heal. Thus, make sure to stay away from dangerous activities and sports.
Do not stop taking this medication abruptly, even if you feel normal and well.
This medication can severely harm an unborn baby. So, it is best to avoid getting pregnant during the treatment period. If you accidently become pregnant during this time, contact your physician for immediate instructions. Since
Cytoxan is found in breast milk, it is advised to stay from breastfeeding as well.