Mechlorethamine - Drug Information

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General Information on Mechlorethamine

Generic Name : Mechlorethamine

Pronunciation : me klor eth' a meen

Latest prescription information about Mechlorethamine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y43.3 | Therapeutic Classification : Chemotherapy

Trade Names/Brand Names of Mechlorethamine

International- Mustargen.

Why is Mechlorethamine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an alkylating agent, prescribed for certain types of cancer. 

When should Mechlorethamine not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in the presence of known infectious diseases and hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category D :

There is an evidence of fetal risk based on adverse reaction data, but potential benefits may allow the drug to be used in pregnant women despite risks.

What is the dosage of Mechlorethamine?

A total dose of 0.4 mg/kg of body weight for each course usually is given either as a single dose or in divided doses of 0.1 to 0.2 mg/kg per day.

How should Mechlorethamine be taken?

It comes as a powder (diluted with fluid) for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein.

What are the warnings and precautions for Mechlorethamine?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of any infection like chickenpox, bone marrow depression, low white blood cell counts, anemia, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Avoid contact with people who have infections.
It may affect platelet counts; avoid injury or bruising.
Avoid alcohol consumption.
It may lead to dehydration, drink adequate fluid.

What are the side effects of Mechlorethamine?

   General : Hypersensitivity reactions.
   Miscellaneous : Nausea, vomiting, depression, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, lightheadedness and drowsiness.

What are the other precautions for Mechlorethamine?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Mechlorethamine?

This drug is injected only under the supervision of a physician.

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