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Matulane is an anticancer medicine used in combination with certain other anticancer medicines to treat Stage III and IV Hodgkin’s disease.
How does this medication work?
Matulane is thought to work by inhibiting the growth of cancer cells.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: By inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, Matulane may help improve your condition.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider’s directions. It is very important that you take Matulane exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
Your healthcare provider may order tests regularly to check how well this medication is working.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
Matulane should only be given by or under the supervision of a healthcare provider experienced in the use of strong anticancer medicines.
More common side effects may include: nausea; vomiting; leukopenia (low white blood cell count); anemia (low red blood cell count); thrombocytopenia (low blood platelet [a type of blood cells that form clots to help stop bleeding] count).
Less common side effects may include:
Matulane may harm your unborn baby if you take it during pregnancy. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you are pregnant.
Increased risk of developing other types of cancer (including lung cancer).
Do not take Matulane if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Do not take Matulane if you have certain bone marrow problems.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Matulane. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver or kidney problems; a history of blood problems (such as anemia, thrombocytopenia, or leukopenia); if you smoke cigarettes; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults and children: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you or your child, based on the condition and body weight.
Take Matulane exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Matulane without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Do not smoke or drink alcohol while you are taking Matulane.
Do not consume tyramine-containing foods or beverages (such as wine, yogurt, ripe cheese, or bananas) while you are taking Matulane.
Do not take any prescription or over-the-counter medicines without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Do not miss any scheduled follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider.
If Matulane is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Matulane may interact with numerous foods and medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.
Matulane can harm your unborn baby if you take it during pregnancy. The effects of Matulane during breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are taking Matulane. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Matulane, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
Store at room temperature. Protect from light.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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