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PROCARBAZINE - ORAL
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Matulane, Matulane
USES: Procarbazine is an alkylating chemotherapy drug used along with other chemotherapy drugs to treat Hodgkin's disease (also known as Hodgkin's lymphoma). It works by preventing cancer cells from growing and from creating new cancer cells. Because procarbazine also affects the growth of normal body cells, you will most likely experience side effects while using this drug.
Procarbazine also acts as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor. (See also Drug Interactions for cautions regarding use of procarbazine with other drugs and the need to limit the amount of tyramine in your diet.)
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 to treat other cancers such as brain tumors.
HOW TO USE: This is a strong medication and is used in combination with other medicines. Use them exactly as directed by your doctor.
Dosage is based on your medical condition, weight, the other drugs used for cancer treatment, and response to treatment. In children, the dosage is based on body size instead of weight.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day.
Do not stop taking this medication, even if you feel nauseated or experience vomiting. However, if you vomit shortly after a dose, contact your doctor immediately.
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