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    Busulfan

    Information about Busulfan

    Busulfan uses

    Busulfan is used in the treatment of blood cancer
    It is used in combination with other cancer medicine during hematopoietic progenitor cell transplantation (HPCT).

    How busulfan works

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

    Common side effects of busulfan

    Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhoea, Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Decreased potassium level in blood, Loss of appetite, Abdominal pain, Bone-marrow suppression, Anxiety, Increased magnesium level in blood, Fever, Stomatitis (Inflammation of the mouth), Increased glucose level in blood

    Available Medicine for Busulfan

    No medicine available

    Expert advice for Busulfan

    • Seek immediate medical attention if you have unusual bruising or bleeding, or signs of infection (fever, chills, body aches) as busulfan can lower the ability of your blood to clot and body to fight infections.
    • Inform your doctor if you have thalassemia (abnormal hemoglobin in blood), gout (arthritis due to impaired metabolism of uric acid) or if you have had radiotherapy.
    • Do not receive live vaccine while using busulfan, and avoid contact with individuals who have recently received the same.
    • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
    • Common Side Effects.

    Frequently asked questions for Busulfan

    Busulfan

    Q. Does Busulfan cause hair loss?
    Busulfan can cause hair loss
    Q. Is Busulfan a vesicant?
    Yes. Busulfan is a vesicant (irritant).

    Content on this page was last updated on 18 September, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)