Dacarbazine destroys cancer cells by adding an alkyl group. However, this medication also affects the normal cells of our body, which could lead to hair loss and other side effects.
Post-marketing experience has demonstrated the efficacy of dacarbazine in the treatment of islet cell carcinoma of the pancreas and soft tissue sarcomas.
This medication should be administered by a physician or at least under the supervision of one.
It is sold as a powder for either suspension or solution.
2 What to Know Before Using
Dacarbazine can have serious effects on your body. That’s why you and your doctor need to discuss the risks and benefits carefully before deciding to use it in treatment.
You and your healthcare team need to determine if dacarbazine fits your situation. You do this by considering a number of factors.
Dacarbazine should not be given to patients who have had allergic reactions to it.
Tell your physician if you have had these types of reactions to dacarbazine or any of its components.
You should inform him/her if you have allergies to food, preservatives, animals, and/or other medications.
Dacarbazine’s effects have only been studied in adults and not in children. It also is not clear whether dacarbazine has the same effects in geriatric patient as it does in younger adults.
This medication has a pregnancy category of C, which means that not enough research has been done regarding its effects on pregnant women. Therefore, it should only be used if the benefits outweigh the risks. It hasn’t been determined whether dacarbazine can be passed through breast milk.
If you are a lactating woman, you and your doctor need to decide between stopping breast feeding and not using this medication.
Dacarbazine can also interact with other medicines, so you should give your physician a complete list of your current medications.
You should not receive live rotavirus vaccine while on dacarbazine treatment. Other vaccines that you should not get while taking this medication are as follows:
live adenovirus vaccine type 4,
adenovirus vaccine type 7,
Bacillus of Calmette and Guerin vaccineInfluenza Virus Vaccine,
You can be prone to excessive bleeding if your platelets are low. That’s why you need to be very careful when around sharp objects. You should also avoid activities that cause traumas or bruises. Brush your teeth and floss gently.
Tell your physician if you have any
pinpoint spots on your skin.
Dacarbazine can also leak out of your vein and into your soft tissues.
Call your nurse or doctor if you notice pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site.
5 Potential Side Effects
Dacarbazine has numerous associated side effects but you may not experience all of them.
The most commonly reported side effects include
pain, redness, or swelling at injection site.
Again, call your healthcare provider if you experience any of those.
Less common effects that need immediate attention include
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