Warning: Alkeran can
cause serious issues with the blood, including decreased function of bone marrow which lowers the number of
white blood cells and platelets your body can produce. The lowering of white blood cells may make you prone
to more infections, and a smaller platelet count can cause excessive bleeding from even small cuts. It is
important that your doctor monitor your blood to watch for any potential problems, especially during the
first several weeks of treatment. If you experience any trouble with bleeding, bruising or infections, notify
your doctor immediately.
medication may interact with other medications, so make sure that your doctor and pharmacist know about any
other medications or treatments you are using.
Alkeran is used to treat
various types of cancer. As a cancer specific medication, it works to slow or even stop the growth of cancer
cells within the body. This medication comes in a form which can be taken orally, and a form which is injected
intravenously by a medical professional. Your doctor will let you know which type is best for you.
Common cancers treated with Alkeran include:
Occasionally, Alkeran is used to treat the following cancers:
advanced prostate cancer
chronic myelogenous leukemia, one of
four main types of leukemia
Osteogenic sarcoma, one of the most
common forms of bone cancer in children.
Dosage of Alkeran is specific to each individual
patient and is dependent on age, medical history, other medications being used, and previous cancer treatments.
Depending on which form of this medication you are given, oral or injection, your doctor will tell you which
dosage will be best for you and which form will be best for you. Do not change the dosage of your medication
once it has been given without first speaking to your doctor.
Interactions: Because Alkeran can interact negatively with other
medications, it’s important that you consult with your doctor before making any changes to this or any other
medication you are taking. As with all medications, serious side effects can occur when the wrong medications
are mixed together. No matter what drugs you take, consult with your doctor to make sure they won’t cause any
Contraindications: There are several contraindications you need to be
aware of before using this medication to treat cancer. Pregnancy may be complicated or birth defects may be
caused by this drug, so talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or if you are planning to become pregnant. Being
vaccinated may be contraindicated to using this medication, so make sure to include any vaccinations in the list
of medications you are currently taking
: Alkeran attack not only cancer cells but healthy cells that multiply quickly, which often leads to adverse
effects. The most common Alkeran side effects include:
- rash and itching
- increased risk of
- Pulmonary fibrosis
blistering, sometimes inflammation of the mouth
doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:
green, black, tarry stools
red urine or
blood in urine
missed menstrual periods
yellowing of the skin or eyes
- increased risk of infection
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath