cyclophosphamide (oral/injection) (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan, Neosar)?
You should not use cyclophosphamide if you are allergic to it, or if you have severe bone marrow suppression.
To make sure cyclophosphamide is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have any of these conditions:
Using cyclophosphamide may increase your risk of developing other types of cancer, such as bladder cancer. Talk with your doctor about your specific risk.
This medication may affect fertility (your ability to have children), whether you are a man or a woman.
Cyclophosphamide can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using this medication.
How is cyclophosphamide given (Cytoxan, Neosar)?
Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Cyclophosphamide is sometimes given as a pill or liquid. Cyclophosphamide may also be given as an injection into a vein through an IV. You will receive the injection in a clinic or hospital setting.
Drink plenty of liquids while you are using cyclophosphamide, to prevent harmful effects on your bladder.
Measure liquid medicine with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
Cyclophosphamide can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections and help your blood to clot. This can make it easier for you to bleed from an injury or get sick from being around others who are ill. Your blood may need to be tested often. Visit your doctor regularly.
If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using cyclophosphamide. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist how to safely handle this medication. Cyclophosphamide can be harmful if it gets on your skin. If this occurs, wash thoroughly with soap and water.
Store cyclophosphamide tablets at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Store the liquid medicine in the refrigerator, do not freeze. Throw away any unused liquid after 14 days.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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