Warning: Ifex is known to cause serious side effects, such as urinary
problems, (e.g. hemorrhagic cystitis), blood/bone marrow disorders, and mental/mood changes. Your doctor may want
you to stop treatment if any of these occur. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of these
symptoms: pink/bloody urine, painful urination, confusion, severe drowsiness and hallucinations. Your body’s
ability to fight infection may be lowered with blood/bone marrow disorders, as well as stopping bleeding. Consult
your doctor immediately if you start suffering from any signs of infection or bleed/bruise
Indications: This medication is used in the treatment
of certain types of cancer. It works by stopping and/or slowing the growth and division of cancer cells.
Common cancers treated by
soft tissue sarcoma
osteogenic sarcoma (also called osteosarcoma)
Lymphoma (Hodgkin's and
Your medical provider will
intravenously give you this medication. The dosage and frequency will depend upon your weight, response to
therapy and body size.
medication comes in contact with your skin immediately wash with soap and water. Drink plenty of fluids while on
this medication to lessen the chances of urinary problems. Your doctor may prescribe you certain medication to
aid in the process.
Overdose: Ifex overdose can be dangerous. An
overdose of Ifex can damage the bone marrow, leading to cause serious urinary problems or death. In fact, even
at normal doses, Ifex can cause serious urinary side effects. During the treatment, drink plenty of fluids; keep
all appointments with your doctor.
because Ifex is administered in hospital, it is basically difficult for you to miss any dose if you present for the
treatment. Therefore, it is very important to keep all appointments with your
. If for some reasons you cannot be present at the hospital for the therapy, contact your oncologist before the
date scheduled for the injection.
Contraindications: You should tell your doctor and pharmacist of
all the allergies you have to avoid any allergic reactions.
father a child while on this medication your child may be harmed or have birth defects. It’s important to use
reliable birth control (e.g. condoms) while using this treatment. Your sperm is affected by this drug.
women or women planning on becoming pregnant should not use this medication because it is known to cause certain
birth defects and harm an unborn baby. Breast feeding does pass this drug to the baby, so it is not recommended
to breast feed while using this medication.
should not receive any immunizations while taking Ifex. Avoid people that have recently gotten oral polio
vaccinations or inhaled through the nose flu vaccines.
your doctor of your entire medical history, such as liver disease, kidney disease, radiation therapy, blood
disorders (e.g. anemia and low blood counts), and of any current infections you have.
any vigorous activities or contact sports to less your risks of bruising/bleeding more, as well as getting
infections while receiving this treatment.
Interactions: Your doctor and pharmacist should know every medication
you are taking. There are certain other anti-cancer medications and non-anti-cancer drugs that will cause an
interaction with Ifex.
your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of these medications:
- Interferons (Actimmune, Avonex, Betaseron, Rebif, and others)
- Aids/HIV medications
such as didanosine (Videx) and stavudine (Zerit)
- Live vaccins vivants
- Ganciclovir, an antiviral drug
- Azathioprine, an immune system inhibitor
- Barbiturates, depressant drug that causes relaxation and
, a drug
used to inhibit the
production of acid in the stomach
medication used to treat pain of gouty arthritis
(Cytoxan, Cytoxan, Neosar, Procytox,
Revimmune), a drug used to treat several types of cancers
Side effects: Ifex not only attack cancer cells but also non
malignant cells, which
often leads, in most patients, to the following side effects:
- hair loss
- mild nausea and
- Unusual tiredness or
doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms:
cervical cancer symptoms
painful urination or red urine
black, tarry stools
unusual bruising or bleeding
infection signs (fever, chills, sore throat, rash)
shortness of breath
nausea and vomiting
- agitation, confusion, or hallucinations
severe depression symptoms