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Temporary hair loss may occur. Normal hair growth should return several months after treatment has ended.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Some people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: black/bloody stools, bloody/pink urine, vomit that is bloody or looks like coffee grounds, stomach pain, yellowing eyes/skin, unsteadiness, fainting.
Seek immediate medical attention if any of these unlikely but very serious side effects occur: chest pain, vision problems, fast or slow heartbeat, severe headache, seizures, stiff/sore neck, increased sweating (with or without fever), cold/clammy skin, mental/mood changes, tingling/numbness of hands/feet, unusual bleeding/bruising, diarrhea, mouth/lip sores.
This medication can lower your body's ability to fight an infection. Tell your doctor if you develop any signs of an infection such as: fever, sore throat, chills, unusual tiredness, lower back or side pain, difficult urination, cough, breathing difficulty, thick mucus/phlegm.
Very rarely, people with cancer who are treated with this type of medication have developed other cancers (e.g., secondary leukemia). Your risk is greater if you have received certain types of chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Consult your doctor for more details.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the Matulane (procarbazine) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking procarbazine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: history of alcohol use.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: heart/blood vessel problems, recent chickenpox, shingles (Herpes zoster), diabetes, seizures, liver disease, kidney disease, severe/frequent headaches, current infection, overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), current or past tobacco use, radiation therapy, blood diseases (e.g., bone marrow depression, low platelet counts).
Avoid alcoholic beverages or alcohol-containing products/foods (e.g., cough and cold syrups, mouthwash, aftershave, sauces, vinegars) while taking this medication. When procarbazine is combined with alcohol, a severe reaction (disulfiram/alcohol-like reaction) may occur, with symptoms such severe nausea, vomiting, flushing, blurred vision, headache, dizziness, severe tiredness, difficulty breathing, fast/pounding heartbeat, increased sweating, or seizures. Contact your doctor immediately if you drink alcohol or have any of the above symptoms while taking procarbazine.
Avoid smoking while using this medication. Smoking increases the risk of developing lung cancer while using this drug. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.
To reduce the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.
Before having surgery or emergency treatment, tell the doctor or dentist that you have been receiving this medication.
This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths, and sunlamps. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors.
To lower the chance of getting cut, bruised or injured, use caution with sharp objects like safety razors and nail cutters, and avoid activities such as contact sports.
Wash your hands well and often to prevent the spread of infections. Also, avoid touching your eyes or inside your nose without first washing your hands.
Do not have immunizations/vaccinations without the consent of your doctor, and avoid contact with people who have recently received oral polio vaccine or flu vaccine inhaled through the nose.
Caution is advised when using this drug in children because they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially the risk of shaking (tremors), loss of consciousness, or seizures.
This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. It is recommended that men and women use 2 effective forms of birth control (e.g., condoms and birth control pills) while being treated with this medication and for some time afterward. Consult your doctor for more details and to discuss reliable forms of birth control.
It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Because this drug may harm a nursing infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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