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Valchlor is a medicine used to treat mycosis fungoides-type lymphoma (a type of cancer of the immune system that first appears as skin rashes). Valchlor is available as a gel.
How does this medication work?
Valchlor is thought to work by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells in the body.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: By stopping the growth of cancer cells, Valchlor may help to relieve your symptoms associated with cancer.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Valchlor 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.
More common side effects may include: redness, swelling, itching, skin ulcers or blisters, skin infection, darkening areas of your skin.
Less common side effects may include:
Eye injury if exposed to the eyes, with symptoms such as pain, burns, swelling, double vision, or blurry vision.
Risk of secondary exposure, with symptoms such as swelling of the skin; injury to the eyes, mouth, or nose; or certain types of cancers.
Increased risk of certain types of skin cancers.
Harm to your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
Do not use Valchlor if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Valchlor. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially 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: Apply a thin film to the affected area(s) once a day.
Your healthcare provider may adjust your dose as needed, until the desired effects are achieved.
Apply Valchlor exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Apply Valchlor right away or within 30 minutes after you take it out of the refrigerator. Return to the refrigerator right after each use.
Apply Valchlor to completely dry skin at least 4 hours before or 30 minutes after showering or washing. Let the treated area dry for 5 to 10 minutes after applying Valchlor before covering with clothing.
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling or applying Valchlor.
If you are a caregiver, wear disposable nitrile gloves, and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after removal of gloves.
You may use moisturizers to the treated areas 2 hours before or 2 hours after applying Valchlor.
If you get Valchlor in your eyes, mouth, or nose, immediately irrigate for at least 15 minutes with water, and notify your healthcare provider right away.
Do not go near fire, flame, and smoking until Valchlor has dried completely.
Do not use air or water-tight bandages on areas of the skin treated with Valchlor.
No significant interactions have been reported with Valchlor at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Valchlor can harm your unborn baby if you use it during pregnancy. The effects of Valchlor during breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are using Valchlor. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Valchlor, use 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 use two doses at once.
Store in the refrigerator.
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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