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Tegafur 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

Tegafur interferes with the growth of DNA and RNA of the cancer cells by substituting their building blocks. It prevents the cancer cells from growing and multiplying.

Common side effects

Neuropathy, Rash, Increased liver enzymes, Anemia, Bleeding, Diarrhoea, Discoloration of skin, Decreased red blood cell count, Hair loss, Inflammation, Itching, Nausea, Skin ulcer, Stomach inflammation, Burning sensation, Pricking sensation, Vomiting

Available Medicine

No medicine available

Expert advice

  • Tegafur is not recommended for children under 18 years of age.
  • Inform your doctor if you have or ever had liver problems, diarrhea, blood disorders, or kidney problems.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery as tegafur may make you feel tired or cause nausea or blurred vision.

Content on this page was last updated on 13 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)