Cytoxan belongs to a group of medications that can be described as antineoplastic. It is mainly composed of cyclophosphamide. Cytoxan may be distributed in the form of solution, injection, or tablets.
How it works
One of the characteristics of cancerous cells is that they undergo rapid division. Unlike with regular body cells, they do not have the ability to undergo contact inhibition. As such, the division is uncontrollable and continuous. Cytoxan is responsible for specifically targeting cells that are undergoing such rapid division. It can either kill the cells to reduce tumors or induce apoptosis. This helps to control the number of cancerous cells within the body.
Cytoxan is used to treat particular types of cancers. This includes leukemia, lymphoma, neuroblastoma, eye cancer, ovarian cancer, multiple myeloma, mycosis fungicides, and breast cancer. In certain instances, it may help with nephritic syndrome in children.
Cytoxan is a prescription treatment. As such, it will be a medical expert who advises you to take or inject Cytoxan. The amount of Cytoxan that you will need to consume or inject will depend on your condition. Therefore, it is important to adhere to the dosage that a doctor has deemed appropriate for your specific case. In order for the Cytoxan to be as effective as possible, you should not reduce the quantity that has been prescribed. To make sure that you minimize the probability of experiencing side effects, you should not increase the recommended amount.
Your Cytoxan dose will be determined according to your body weight.
If you choose to take Cytoxan via injection, it will most likely be done in a hospital, with a doctor or nurse conducting the procedure. If you wish to do this at home, you will need to be taught how to do so properly. If you are finding it difficult to manage by yourself, you should always have a medical professional handle it for you. You should never use Cytoxan bottles that appear to be expired or contaminated.
The consumption or injection of Cytoxan may cause certain negative reactions to occur. You can expect:
Discoloration of skin and nails
A loss of interest in food
Difficulty or pain with urinating
Missed menstrual periods
Discomfort in joints
If these problems continue without cessation, you should ask your physician for advice.
In these situations, you should not take Cytoxan:
Highly suppressed bone marrow function
An allergy to Cytoxan
In the first three months of your pregnancy
Have been prescribed a tumor necrosis factor medication
You will need to detail all of the medical conditions that have previously or are currently affecting you.
You should also speak about any treatments such as radiation as well as list out all of the medications you are taking. Some of these remedies may be dangerous when taken alongside Cytoxan.
If you are taking Cytoxan, you will need to be careful to avoid getting pregnant during this period. You should not breastfeed if you are taking Cytoxan.
It is vital that you have frequent lab tests done to ensure that your body and immune system are functioning properly.