Some general considerations for when and how to take Cytoxan include the following:
- The medication comes in two forms: a tablet that is taken by mouth and an injection given through an IV. Some people take Cytoxan every day, while others take it intermittently.
- Try to take the tablets on an empty stomach if possible. If the drug upsets your stomach too much, try taking it with food.
- In general, it is best to take the tablets in the morning or afternoon. Taking them at night may increase your risk of bladder damage. Your healthcare provider may also recommend drinking large amounts of water to flush out and protect your bladder from damage.
- For the injectable form, most people receive their injections at their healthcare provider's office, a hospital, or an "infusion center."
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Cytoxan will not work as well if you stop taking it before your healthcare provider recommends.
The dose of Cytoxan your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Whether you are taking the tablets or injectable form of the medicine
- The type of cancer being treated
- Your height and weight
- Other medications you may be taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Cytoxan Dosage for more information.)