Mechlorethamine HCL helps slow or stop the growth of the cancer cells in your body. This is used for the treatment of:
This is a cancer of the body’s blood-forming tissues. It includes the bone marrow and the lymphatic system. Leukemia usually involves white blood cells.
- Hodgkin’s lymphoma
This is a type of lymphoma in which cancer originates from a specific type of white blood cells called lymphocytes. Symptoms may include night sweats, fever, and weight loss.
How does Mechlorethamine HCL work?
Mechlorethamine HCL works by stopping the cancer cells from multiplying. It does this by binding to and damaging the DNA in the cancer cells. Through it, Mechlorethamine HCL stops the growth of cancer cells. Unfortunately, anticancer medications will also affect the growth and division of a normal and healthy cell. It may affect some cells such as blood, gut and hair cells.
Why use Mechlorethamine HCL?
Mechlorethamine HCL is in the class of drugs known as alkylating agents. Alkylating agents are most active in the resting phase of the cell. Mechlorethamine is a mustard gas derivative and was the first chemotherapy medicine. This drug helps stop the cells for multiplying and developing. Mechlorethamine HCL is a prescription approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is a sterile and light yellow crystalline powder for injection. Each vial contains 10 mg of Mechlorethamine HCL for intravenous or intracavitary routes after dissolution.
How to use Mechlorethamine HCL?
The dosage is based on your condition, age, and response to it. Mechlorethamine HCL is given by your doctor. This is usually given by injection into a vein. Drink plenty of fluids while taking this drug. Doing so may help decrease the risk of certain side effects. Mechlorethamine HCL may also be given by placing it within some parts of the body or applying it to the skin.
What are the side effects of Mechlorethamine HCL?
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
- Mouth sores
- Temporary hair loss
- Decreased ability to hear
Warnings and Precautions
- Let your doctor know if you are allergic to this medication.
- Do not forget to tell your doctor about the medical history that you had. Tell also if you have any current medications (prescription or non- prescription).
- Avoid using turmeric spice while receiving this treatment. It may make this medication work less well.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding women, tell your doctor before taking this medicine.