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When and How to Take This Medicine

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with busulfan include the following:
  • This medicine comes as a tablet that is taken by mouth once a day.
  • Try to take your dose at the same time each day to keep an even level of the drug in your bloodstream.
  • You can take busulfan with or without food. Try taking it with food if it seems to upset your stomach.
  • Your healthcare provider may give you certain other medicines, such as anti-nausea medicines, to help prevent busulfan side effects. Make sure to follow the instructions for using these other medicines.
  • It is important to stay hydrated during busulfan treatment. Drink plenty of fluids, unless your healthcare provider tells you otherwise.
  • Busulfan tablets can be made into a suspension (a liquid) or dissolved in water. Talk to your healthcare provider about these options if you have difficulty swallowing the tablets.
  • For this drug to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Your healthcare provider may adjust your busulfan dose based on how you respond to the medicine. Make sure you know how much medicine you should be taking.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage of busulfan, please talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

Dosing Information for Busulfan

The dose of busulfan your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Your weight and possibly your height
  • How you respond to and tolerate the medication
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you are taking.

As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Busulfan Dosage for more information.)
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