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Ifosfamide

Ifosfamide

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Ifosfamide

Ifosfamide is a nitrogen mustard alkylating agent used in the treatment of variety of cancer. The chemotherapy cancer drug is commonly used for the treatment of testicular cancer, breast cancer, lymphoma (non-Hodgkin), soft tissue sarcoma, osteogenic sarcoma etc. Ifosfamide is often used in combination with Mesna to avoid internal bleeding in the patient.

Dosage : Ifosfamide 500mg, Ifosfamide 1000mg, Ifosfamide 2000mg, Ifosfamide 3000mg

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

Side Effects

  • Lowered resistance to infection

  • Bruising or bleeding

  • Anemia (low number of red blood cells)

  • Feeling sick (nausea) and vomiting

  • Hair loss

  • Tiredness and feeling weak

  • Irritation of the bladder

  • Changes to nails

Precautions

  • Tell your doctor about all the medicine you take, including non-prescribed drugs such as complementary therapies and herbal drugs

  • The drugs has a potential to damage developing foetus causing serious birth defect.