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As a type of chemotherapy, busulfan (Myleran®) is prescribed to treat chronic myelogenous leukemia, a type of cancer of the blood cells. It can be used in adults and children.
The medication comes as a tablet that is taken once a day. If you have problems swallowing tablets, busulfan can also be made into a suspension (a liquid) or dissolved in water.
If your healthcare provider recommends treatment with busulfan, he or she will need information on your medical history and any other drugs, vitamins, or supplements you are using. Some of the potential side effects include bleeding, infections, and anemia. You should also talk to your healthcare provider before starting busulfan if you are pregnant or have any allergies.
(For more information about this chemotherapy drug, click Busulfan. This full-length article covers dosing guidelines, how the medicine works, and other important warnings and precautions.)
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