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Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Cytoxan include:
- Cytoxan (like many chemotherapy medications) can increase your risk of developing certain types of cancer in the future. Sometimes, it can take several years after taking Cytoxan for these cancers to develop. Your and your healthcare provider should weigh the benefits of Cytoxan with this risk.
- Cytoxan can affect fertility in both men and women. These fertility problems may be irreversible.
- Cytoxan can cause damage to the bladder. In order to prevent this, you may be asked to drink large quantities of water (to flush out the bladder). Also, medications can be given that help prevent bladder damage due to Cytoxan.
- Cytoxan can decrease the bone marrow's ability to produce blood cells. This can result in anemia and other serious conditions. Because your immune system depends on certain blood cells, you may be more susceptible to infections while taking Cytoxan (see Chemotherapy and Infections). You may also be at a higher risk of bleeding (see Blood Clotting Problems and Chemotherapy). You will need regular blood tests to make sure your blood counts are not too low.
- Cytoxan can potentially interact with certain other medications (see Cytoxan Drug Interactions).
- Cytoxan is considered a pregnancy Category D medication. This means that it is probably not safe for use during pregnancy. Talk with your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using this drug during pregnancy (see Cytoxan and Pregnancy).
- Cytoxan passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Cytoxan and Breastfeeding).