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Alkacel 50 Injection

Prescription Required

Overview

Uses of Alkacel Powder for Injection

Alkacel 50 Injection is used in the treatment of ovarian cancer and multiple myeloma.

Alkacel Powder for Injection side effects

Common
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomatitis (Inflammation of the mouth)
  • Anemia (low number of red blood cells)
  • Hair loss
  • Low blood platelets
  • Diarrhea
  • Decreased white blood cell count

How to use Alkacel Powder for Injection

Your doctor or nurse will give you this medicine. Kindly do not self administer.

How Alkacel Powder for Injection works

Alkacel 50 Injection is an anti-cancer medication. It works by damaging the genetic material (DNA and RNA) of the cancer cells. This stops their growth and multiplication.

Alkacel Powder for Injection related warnings

Alcohol
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Alkacel 50 Injection is unsafe to use during pregnancy.
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk, for example in life-threatening situations. Please consult your doctor.
Lactation
UNSAFE
Alkacel 50 Injection is unsafe to use during lactation. Data suggests that the drug may cause toxicity to the baby, or the mother is suffering from a condition in which breastfeeding is not advisable.
Driving
It is not known whether Alkacel 50 Injection alters the ability to drive. Do not drive if you experience any symptoms that affect your ability to concentrate and react.
Kidney
CAUTION
Alkacel 50 Injection should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Alkacel 50 Injection may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
There is limited information available on the use of Alkacel 50 Injection in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.

What if you miss a dose of Alkacel Powder for Injection?

If you miss a dose of Alkacel 50 Injection, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Alternate Brands

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Alkacel 50 Injection
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Expert Advice

  • Melphalan to be taken on an empty stomach 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals. Drink at least two to three quarts of fluid every 24 hours, unless you are instructed otherwise. 
  • You may be at risk of infection so try to avoid contact with people with cold, fever or any other signs of infection. 
  • Avoid exposure to sunlight. Use sunscreen lotion and protective clothing. 
  • You may be monitored periodically for complete blood counts (at least one determination prior to each treatment course) during the course of treatment.
  • Melphalan may increase the risk that you will develop other cancers. Talk with your doctor about the risks of taking melphalan.
  • Do not take live vaccines if you are an immunocompromised patient.
  • Use of melphalan is not recommended in children.
  • Use with melphalan extreme caution if your bone marrow reserve have been compromised by prior irradiation or chemotherapy, or if your marrow function is recovering from previous cytotoxic therapy.
  • Use appropriate contraceptive methods to avoid pregnancy during melphalan treatment.

Patient Concerns

Questions Related to Alkacel

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Report shows higher esr value what should i do.
Dr. Priyanka Shekhar
Pathologist
A very high ESR usually has an obvious cause, such as a severe infection, marked by an increase in globulins, polymyalgia rheumatica or temporal arteritis. A health practitioner will typically use other follow-up tests, such as blood cultures, depending on the person's symptoms. People with multiple myeloma or Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia (tumors that make large amounts of immunoglobulins) typically have very high ESRs even if they don't have inflammationNeed to correlate clinicallyKindly consult your doctor
1) Am I really suffering from diabetes. I am daily doing Ramdev baba Yoga for 1 - 1/30 Hrs 2) I am normal , May I stop Tab Glycomet 500 ? 3) ECG is abnormal but 2D eco is normal. What is a problem? 4) Why Doctor is asking me to take daily Cap. BecoZinc forever. May I stop or continue? 5) I am suffering from Neck spondilites . 6) I feel giddiness, so doctor starts this medicine and asked to take forever for long time May I continue or what ?Plz give me second opinion.
Dr. Sfurti Mann
Diabetes Specialist
Your HbA1c levels will ascertain your diabetes control. You must continue glycometSR. It's dose may even beFor giddiness you may take stemetil MD tab sos and pantop DSR before breakfast
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FAQs

Q. Is Alkacel a vesicant (irritant)?

Alkacel is not a vesicant but an anti-cancer drug

Q. How is Alkacel given?

Alkacel is given by oral or intravenous route; dosing varies by purpose and route of administration as well as patient weight

Q. Does Alkacel cause hair loss/ neuropathy/ liver damage?

Alkacel causes hair loss as one of the side effects. but cause for liver damage and neuropathy is not known

Q. How does Alkacel work/ how does Alkacel kill cancer cells?

Alkacel belongs to class of drugs called alkylating agents. It works by stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells in your body.
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Plot No 264, Patrika Nagar Madhapur, Hitech City Hyderabad, Telangana India - 500081
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1 Powder for Injection in 1 vial
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