Valchlor is an antineoplastic medicine (cancer drug). It is an alkylating agent. It works by killing cancer cells.
It is used to treat mycosis fungoid type T-cell lymphoma (a type of skin cancer). It is available as gel and jelly form and is available only by your doctor’s prescription.
2 What to Know Before Using
If you are about to start Valchlor, speak with your doctor about what you need to know.
Before starting the treatment your doctor should be informed about conditions such as:
Allergy: Inform your doctor if you are allergic to any food, preservatives, dyes, or had an allergic reaction when you used this drug before.
Children: There are no adequate studies done which prove Mechlorethamine’s harmful effects in children. It is not expected to cause different effects than adults. Use it after consulting your doctor. However, safety and efficacy have not been established.
Elderly: This medicine does not cause any different side effects or problem than it does in younger adults. However, it should be used with caution.
Pregnancy: It is a category D drug. It is not safe to use in pregnancy. It may cause harm to an unborn baby and can result in the loss of an unborn baby.
Breast Feeding: Mechlorethamine is not known if it can pass into breast milk or not. If you are using it while nursing, discuss the potential risks with your doctor.
Drug Interactions: Mechlorethamine may interact with other drugs. Your doctor should be informed of any other medicines which you are taking. He/she may want to change the dosage or drug.
To use Valchlor properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. It is only for skin use. Do not apply it on an area which has cuts, burns or scratches.
If accidently it gets on those areas, rinse it immediately with soap and water. If irritation does not go away after washing, inform your doctor right away.
Wear disposable nitrile gloves when applying for this medicine. Wash your hands with soap and water after removing the gloves.
Wash and dry the area where it has to be applied. When it is completely dried, apply a thin layer of medicine. Allow it to dry for 5 to 10 minutes before covering it with clothing. Do not go close to fire, flames, and smoking until it dried.
Moisturizers are permitted on the treated areas 2 hours before or 2 hours after applying for the medicine. After applying, put the tube back in the refrigerator.
Dosage: It is different for different patients. Dosage mentioned below is an average dose. You must follow your doctor’s command.
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