fluorouracil (injection) (cont.)
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What happens if I miss a dose (Adrucil)?
Contact your doctor if you miss an appointment for your fluorouracil injection.
What happens if I overdose (Adrucil)?
Since fluorouracil is given by a healthcare professional, an overdose is not likely to occur.
Overdose symptoms may include more severe forms of the side effects that fluorouracil can cause, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood, or any signs of infection (such as fever, chills, sore throat, and mouth sores).
What should I avoid while receiving fluorouracil (Adrucil)?
Avoid being near people who have colds, the flu, or other contagious illnesses. Contact your doctor at once if you develop signs of infection.
Do not receive a "live" vaccine while you are being treated with fluorouracil, and avoid coming into contact with anyone who has recently received a live vaccine. There is a chance that the virus could be passed on to you. Live vaccines include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), oral polio, chickenpox (varicella), BCG (Bacillus Calmette and Guérin), and nasal flu vaccine.
What other drugs will affect fluorouracil (Adrucil)?
Tell your doctor about all other cancer medications you are receiving, especially leucovorin (Wellcovorin).
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with fluorouracil. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about fluorouracil.
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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