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Doxifluridine

INFORMATION

Uses

Doxifluridine is used in the treatment of ovarian cancer, head and neck cancer, cervical cancer, testicular cancer., breast cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), blood cancer, lung cancer, bone cancer and urinary bladder cancer.

How it works

Doxifluridine acts by inhibiting the formation of DNA and function of RNA, thereby suppressing the growth of cancerous cell.

Common side effects

Nausea, Nose bleed, Numbness of extremity, Excessive thirst, Decreased urinary volume, Liver disorder, Abdominal pain, Absent-mindedness, Acute pancreatitis (inflammation of pancreas), Acute renal failure, Altered sense of smell, Memory loss, Anemia, Back pain, Blood in urine, Bone marrow suppression, Bruise, Chest discomfort, Chest pain, Coordination disorder, Cough, Dehydration, Diarrhoea, Shortness of breath, Fatigue, Fever, Gastric injury, Bleeding, Destruction of red blood cells, Heart failure, Impaired judgment, Inability to empty the urinary bladder, Frequent urge to urinate, Interstitial pneumonia, Itching, Jaundice, Leukoencephalopathy, Eye swelling, Limb swelling, Loss of appetite, Muscle rigidity, Slurred speech, Sore throat, Tongue twitch, Jaw twitch, Upward eye movement, Vomiting, Walking difficulties

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Expert advice

  • Consult your doctor if you have any of the following medical conditions: myelosuppression (decrease in the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, or platelets), infections, ulcer in the stomach or intestine, chickenpox or heart disease.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions

Doxifluridine

Q.Is doxifluridine safe?
Doxifluridine has several side effects, some of which may be serious. Please follow the advice of your doctor regarding its use

Q.How does doxifluridine work?
Doxifluridine acts by inhibiting the formation of DNA and function of RNA. Thus, it suppresses the growth of cancerous cell.


Content on this page was last updated on 30 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)