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Busulfan

Information

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 it works

Busulfan works by damaging the genetic material (DNA) of the cancer cells and stops their growth and multiplication.

Common side effects

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

No medicine available

Expert advice

  • 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

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 26 April, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)