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    Information about Busulfan

    Busulfan uses

    Busulfan is used in the treatment of blood cancer (chronic myeloid leukaemia). 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 and RNA) of the cancer cells. This stops their growth and multiplication.

    Common side effects of busulfan

    Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Decreased potassium level in blood, Loss of appetite, Abdominal pain, Anxiety, Fever, Stomatitis (Inflammation of the mouth), Increased glucose level in blood, Headache, Decreased blood cells (red cells, white cells, and platelets), Decreased magnesium level in blood
    Content Details
    Written By
    Dr. Arpit Bhatnagar
    PGDHHM - Hospital and Healthcare Management, BDS
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Shilpa Garcha
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    11 Jun 2019 | 02:16 PM (IST)
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    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


    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 11 June, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)