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Ifex is a medicine used to treat certain types of testicular cancer. Ifex is administered intravenously (directly into a vein).
How does this medication work?
Ifex is thought to work by killing cancer cells in the body.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: By killing cancer cells, Ifex 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.
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.
Severe, life-threatening myelosuppression (a condition in which the bone marrow activity is decreased, resulting in fewer red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets) may occur. Your healthcare provider may monitor your blood counts before treatment and during treatment with Ifex.
Ifex may also cause brain problems. Your healthcare provider may monitor for symptoms such as drowsiness, confusion, hallucinations, blurry vision, involuntary movements, or seizures.
Ifex may also cause kidney or urinary problems. Ifex may be given with a medicine called mesna to reduce hemorrhagic cystitis (an inflammatory condition of the urinary bladder, resulting in bleeding from the bladder).
More common side effects may include: hair loss, nausea, vomiting, infection.
Less common side effects may include:
Ifex may cause arrhythmias (a life-threatening irregular heartbeat), lung or liver problems, missed menstrual periods, or decreased sperm counts. Ifex may also increase the risk of developing other tumors or interfere with wound healing.
Your healthcare provider will not administer Ifex to you if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Your healthcare provider will not administer Ifex to you if you have a blockage in your urinary flow.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Ifex. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have an infection, 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: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you, based on your height and weight.
Your healthcare provider will administer Ifex to you.
Ifex is usually administered for 5 straight days.
Do not miss any scheduled follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider.
Do not become pregnant while you are receiving Ifex. Men should not father a child during treatment with Ifex and for up to 6 months after the end of treatment.
If Ifex is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Ifex may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.
Ifex can harm your unborn baby if you receive it during pregnancy, and can be found in your breast milk if you receive it while breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while you are receiving Ifex. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
Ifex should be given under special circumstances determined by your healthcare provider. If you miss your scheduled dose, contact your healthcare provider for advice.
Your healthcare provider will store this medication for you.
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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