Cytoxan Warnings and Precautions

Understanding Cytoxan warnings and precautions prior to starting the medication can help ensure a safe treatment process. Cytoxan can potentially cause fertility problems, increase the risk of developing certain cancers in the future, decrease the bone marrow's ability to produce blood cells, and cause bladder damage in some people. Among the people who should not take Cytoxan are those who are allergic to any components of the drug and those who have severe bone marrow depression.

Cytoxan: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Cytoxan® (cyclophosphamide) if you have:
 
  • A history of low levels of white blood cells in the blood (known medically as neutropenia) or low platelets (thrombocytopenia)
  • Undergone previous radiation treatment
  • Undergone previous chemotherapy treatment
  • A tumor that has spread to bone marrow
  • Any infection
  • Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Liver disease, including liver failure or cirrhosis
  • Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Also let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
     
You should also make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are currently taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
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