Busulfex® (busulfan injection) is a prescription medicine used to prepare the body for a stem cell transplant. This chemotherapy drug is approved for use in adults who have a type of cancer called chronic myelogenous leukemia. It is given intravenously (through an IV) every six hours for four days. People who use this drug can expect to develop some type of side effect, such as infections, bleeding, or anemia.
Because not everyone can safely use this drug, it's important to review the safety information before starting treatment with Busulfex; this includes things like possible drug interactions and side effects. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you have any other medical conditions, such as:
(Click Busulfex for more information on this drug, including how it works, how your dosage is calculated, and why it is not appropriate for some people.)
Written by/reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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