Ifosfamide is a chemotherapy medicine used to treat testicular cancer and other cancers.
Ifosfamide interferes with a cell's ability to divide and reproduce, resulting in the death of the cell.
Ifosfamide is used to slow or stop the spread of cancer cells in the body.
Ifosfamide is an effective antitumor
medicine. But the type and extent of a cancer determines how effectively
this medicine slows or stops the growth of cancer cells in the body.
All medicines have side effects. But many people don't feel the side effects, or they are able to deal with them. Ask your pharmacist about the side effects of each medicine you take. Side effects are also listed in the information that comes with your medicine.
Here are some important things to think about:
Call 911 or other emergency services right away if you have:
Call your doctor right away if you have:
Common side effects of this medicine include:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug
Reference is not available in all systems.)
Ifosfamide should be
administered only under the supervision of a
medical oncologist or
Taking ifosfamide can increase your chances of getting an infection, so do your best to stay away from sick people. It may also keep your blood from clotting normally, so be very careful when using sharp objects.
You may not be
able to become pregnant or father a child after taking this medicine. Discuss
fertility with your doctor before starting treatment.
can cause birth defects. Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant or wish
to become pregnant or father a child while you are taking it.
If you have an infection or kidney or liver disease, talk to your doctor before taking ifosfamide. And let your doctor know if you have had shingles or chickenpox (or have recently been exposed to chickenpox).
Complete the new medication information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you understand this medication.
January 4, 2013
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
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