ALPHALAN 5MG TABLET

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Composition FOR ALPHALAN 5mg tablet

Melphalan(5mg)

food interaction for ALPHALAN tablet

alcohol interaction for ALPHALAN tablet

pregnancy interaction for ALPHALAN tablet

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It is better to take Alphalan 5mg tablet empty stomach (1 hour before food or 2 hours after food).
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Alphalan 5mg tablet 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.
WEIGH RISKS VS. BENEFITS
Alphalan 5mg tablet is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.
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SALT INFORMATION FOR ALPHALAN 5mg tablet

Melphalan(5mg)

Alphalan tablet uses

Alphalan 5mg tablet is used in the treatment of multiple myeloma.

How alphalan tablet works

Alphalan 5mg tablet works by damaging the genetic material (DNA) of the cancer cells and stops their growth and multiplication.

Common side effects of alphalan tablet

Nausea, Vomiting, Stomatitis (Inflammation of the mouth), Anemia, Hair loss, Reduced blood platelets, Diarrhoea, Decreased white blood cell count.

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Expert advice FOR ALPHALAN tablet

  • 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.

Frequently asked questions FOR ALPHALAN 5mg tablet

Melphalan

Q. Is melphalan a vesicant (irritant)?
Melphalan is not a vesicant but an anti-cancer drug
Q. How is melphalan given?
Melphalan is given by oral or intravenous route; dosing varies by purpose and route of administration as well as patient weight
Q. Does melphalan cause hair loss/ neuropathy/ liver damage?
Melphalan causes hair loss as one of the side effects. but cause for liver damage and neuropathy is not known
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Q. How does melphalan work/ how does melphalan kill cancer cells?
Melphalan 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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Content on this page was last updated on 08 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)