Brand Names : Cytoxan, Neosar, Procytox
Proper Use of This Medicine
Take this medicine only as directed by your doctor
. Do not take more
or less of it, and do not take it more often than your doctor ordered. The
exact amount of medicine you need has been carefully worked out. Taking too
much may increase the chance of side effects, while taking too little may
not improve your condition.
Cyclophosphamide is sometimes given together with certain other medicines.
If you are using a combination of medicines, make sure that you take each
one at the proper time and do not mix them. Ask your health care professional
to help you plan a way to remember to take your medicines at the right times.
While you are using cyclophosphamide, it is important
that you drink extra fluids so that you will pass more urine
empty your bladder frequently, including at least once during the night. This
will help prevent kidney and bladder problems and keep your kidneys working
well. Cyclophosphamide passes from the body in the urine. If too much of it
appears in the urine or if the urine stays in the bladder too long, it can
cause dangerous irritation. Follow your doctor's instructions
carefully about how much fluid to drink every day
. Some patients may
have to drink up to 7 to 12 cups (3 quarts) of fluid a day.
Usually it is best to take cyclophosphamide first thing in the morning,
to reduce the risk of bladder problems. However, your doctor may want you
to take it with food in smaller doses over the day, to lessen stomach upset
or help the medicine work better. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully
about when to take cyclophosphamide.
Cyclophosphamide often causes nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. However,
it is very important that you continue to use the medicine even if you begin
to feel ill. Do not stop taking this medicine without
first checking with your doctor
. Ask your health care professional
for ways to lessen these effects.
If you vomit shortly after taking a dose of cyclophosphamide, check with
your doctor. You will be told whether to take the dose again or to wait until
the next scheduled dose.
Dosing - The dose of cyclophosphamide will be different
for different patients. The dose that is used may depend on a number of things,
including what the medicine is being used for, the patient's weight, whether
the medicine is being given by mouth or by injection, and whether or not other
medicines are also being taken. If you are taking or receiving
cyclophosphamide at home, follow your doctor's orders or the directions on
. If you have any questions about the proper dose of cyclophosphamide,
ask your doctor.
Missed dose - If you miss a dose of this medicine, do not take
the missed dose at all and do not double the next one. Instead, go back to
your regular dosing schedule and check with your doctor.
Storage - To store this medicine:
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store away from heat and direct light.
Do not store in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other
damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down.
Store the oral solution form of this medicine in the refrigerator.
Keep it from freezing.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Be sure
that any discarded medicine is out of the reach of children.