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CHLORAMBUCIL - ORAL
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Leukeran
WARNING: Chlorambucil treatment can be associated with serious side effects. Although chlorambucil is used to treat cancer, it may increase your risk of developing another form of cancer. Consult your doctor for more details. This medication can also decrease your bone marrow function, lowering your body's ability to fight an infection. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop unusual growths or lumps, swollen glands, signs of infection (e.g., fever, chills, persistent sore throat or cough), unusual or easy bruising/bleeding, or unusual fatigue.
Chlorambucil may damage chromosomes (genes) and cause birth defects. It may also possibly leave men and women unable to have children in the future (sterility).
Discuss the risks and benefits of treatment with your doctor.
USES: This medication is used to treat certain types of cancer (e.g., leukemia, lymphoma). Chlorambucil is a chemotherapy drug that works by slowing or stopping cell growth.
OTHER USES: This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.
This drug may also be used for certain blood diseases, certain types of kidney disease in children that have not responded to other treatment, and other conditions as determined by your doctor.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth exactly as directed by your doctor. Unless your doctor directs you otherwise, drink plenty of fluids while taking this medication. This will help prevent side effects.
The dosage is based on your medical condition, weight, and response to therapy. Do not increase your dose or take this medication more often without your doctor's approval. Your condition will not improve any faster and the risk of serious side effects may be increased.
Since this drug can be absorbed through the skin, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle or break the tablets of this medication.
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