LEUKERAN is very useful in treating certain cancers and it works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells.
Following the dosage instructions of your doctor is the best way to use any medication. If you are unsure or do not remember the instructions then you may read the medicine label for more detailed information.
Please drink plenty of fluid with LEUKERAN that helps in removing the drugs from kidney and decrease the chance of side effects.
It is very important that you complete the dosage schedule and do not interrupt it in between without seeking prior consultation from your doctor.
Taking your medication at the same time each day is a tried and tested method to avoid missing any doses.
Drug Class and Mechanism
LEUKERAN falls under alkylating agents and it works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells.
Despite your best attempts at remembering, if you still miss out on a dose, then take it as soon as you remember about it. But keep in mind that you will have to adjust your next dose by spacing it out by 4 to 5 hours. If this is not possible, then the best thing to do would be to skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Store LEUKERAN at a cool place between 36 to 46 degrees F(read medicine label if unsure). Always keep it in a cool dark place that is not directly exposed to sources of heat or moisture and sunlight. Protect it from kids and pets.
LEUKERAN may develop cancer or weaken your bone marrow. Contact your doctor immediately if you observe any sign of infection.
If you are expecting a child or are planning to have a child in the near future, then consult your doctor before using LEUKERAN to discuss any possible threats to the unborn baby.
If you are a nursing mother and breast feed your baby, then too, seek consultation before using LEUKERAN as some drugs are excreted in the breast milk and may enter the baby.
Most medications have some kind of side effects associated with them. The commonest of these side effects are temporary and mild and fade away without any special attention.
These include nausea, vomiting, or changes in menstrual period
However, in some cases, these mild side effects may persist or become bothersome. In such cases, seek medical attention.
Also, in some rare cases, it may lead to severe side effects like fever, chills, painful or difficult urination, easy bruising or bleeding, tarry stools, blood in urine or stools, small red spots on the skin, joint pain, swollen feet or lower legs, sores in mouth or on lips, yellow eyes or skin, cough, lower back or side pain, stomach pain, trouble walking, muscle twitching, agitation, confusion, hallucinations, weakness, paralysis.
Seek medical attention if you notice any of these side effects.
Side effects that are not listed here may also occur.