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Ifosfamide is used in the treatment of ovarian cancer, breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer and blood cancer

How it works

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

Common side effects

Nausea, Vomiting, Anemia, Hair loss, Decreased white blood cell count, Infection, Blood in urine, Cns toxicity

Available Medicine

No medicine available

Expert advice

  • Women should use birth control method to prevent pregnancy while receiving ifosfamide and for 6 months after treatment and men should not father a child during therapy with ifosfamide.
  • You should be regularly undergo kidney function test, urine tests, complete blood cell counts, and other blood tests to monitor progress or to check for side effects while using ifosfamide.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery as ifosfamide may make you feel sleepy or dizzy.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol while taking ifosfamide as it may worsen the side effects.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions



Does ifosfamide cause hair loss or a vesicant?
Yes, ifosfamide may cause hair loss and it may act as vesicant


What is ifosfamide with mesna?
Ifosfamide may cause damage to urinary bladder therefore it is used in combination with mesna to prevent bleeding and inflammation of the urinary bladder (hemorrhagic cystitis).

Content on this page was last updated on 27 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)