Brand Names : Matulane, Natulan
Procarbazine (pro-KAR-ba-zeen) belongs to the group of medicines known
as alkylating agents. It is used to treat some kinds of cancer.
Procarbazine is thought to interfere with the growth of cancer cells which
are eventually destroyed. It also blocks the action of a chemical substance
in the central nervous system called monoamine oxidase (MAO), but this is
probably not related to its effect against cancer. Since the growth of normal
body cells may also be affected by procarbazine, other effects will also occur.
Some of these may be serious and must be reported to your doctor. Other effects,
like hair loss, may not be serious but may cause concern. Some effects may
not occur for months or years after the medicine is used.
Before you begin treatment with procarbazine, you and your doctor should
talk about the good this medicine will do as well as the risks of using it.
Procarbazine is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the
following dosage form:
Capsules (U.S. and Canada)
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
In Canada -