Fluorouracil often abbreviated as 5FU is a chemotherapy drug that is used for the treatment of various types of cancer like bowel, breast, stomach, gullet and other cancers. Fluorouracil belongs to a group of drugs known as Anti-metabolites. It resembles a normal cell nutrient needed by a cancer cell to grow. The cancer cells absorb fluorouracil, which then controls their growth and multiplication.
Dosage : Fluorouracil 250mg/5ml, Fluorouracil 500mg/10ml
How it is Administered
The drug may be injected directly into the veins using fine tube (Cannula) inserted into the veins of the arms
Through a central line in form of drip, which is injected under the skin into a vein near the collarbone
Using a PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter) line, which is inserted into a vein in the crook of your arm
There are various side effect associated with the drug that are predictable in the terms of onset and duration. In case you experience any of the side effects, immediately contact your doctor.
Sore mouth and ulcers
Gritty eyes and blurred vision
Skin colour changes
Lowered resistance to infection
Bruising or bleeding
Tiredness and weakness
Tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins and herbal remedies
It is important to discuss your fertility with the doctor before starting the treatment
It is advisable to avoid pregnancy or becoming father during the course of treatment