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Mesna

Information

Uses

Mesna is used to prevent ifosfamide-induced hemorrhagic cystitis
It is not for use to reduce the risk of blood in the urine due to other medical conditions.

How it works

Mesna helps to reduce the risk of inflammation and bleeding in the bladder, who receive ifosfamide (a medicine used to treat cancer).

Common side effects

Nausea, Headache, Lightheadedness, Lethargy, Abdominal pain, Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk), Diarrhoea, Rash, Fever, Flu-like symptoms

Available Medicine

  • ₹169
    Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd
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  • ₹39 to ₹104
    Zydus Cadila
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  • ₹153
    Neon Laboratories Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹36
    Zydus Cadila
    1 variant(s)

Expert advice

  • Drink at least 1 litre of fluid daily while you are receiving mesna.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you experience severe allergic reactions like rash, itching, breathing difficulty, chest tightness, and swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue while taking mesna.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery as mesna may cause drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, or light headedness.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • You will be monitored for blood or protein in urine during the treatment of mesna.
  • Do not take if allergic to mesna or any of its ingredients (thiol containing compound)

Frequently asked questions

Mesna

Q. Why it is given with ifosamide or cyclophosphamise (Cytoxan)?
It is given along with the chemotherapy drug ifosfamide or cyclophosphamide to reduce the side effects of these drugs
Q. Is mesna compatible with potassium chloride and doxorubicin?
Yes, Mesna is compatible with potassium chloride and doxorubicin
Q. Is mesna a chemotherapy drug?
Mesna is not a chemotherapy drug
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Q. Is mesna cytotoxic?
No. Mesna is not cytotoxic drug. It is cytoprotective drug
Q. Is mesna a vesicant?
No, mesna is not a vesicant.

Content on this page was last updated on 05 May, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)