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How Does Tabloid Work?

Tabloid is similar in structure to purines, natural substances that help make up the structure of DNA. It is not entirely clear how the medicine works to treat leukemia; however, what is known is that Tabloid enters into cells, where it is incorporated into DNA. It prevents the DNA from replicating, which is necessary for cells to divide. This keeps the cancer cells from multiplying and may cause the cells to die. 

When and How to Take It

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Tabloid include the following:
  • This medication comes in the form of a tablet. It is usually taken by mouth once or twice a day.
  • Tabloid should be taken on an empty stomach, as food may decrease the amount of medicine absorbed into your body.
  • Try to take your dose at about the same time each day to keep an even level of the drug in your bloodstream.
  • To avoid dehydration, you should drink plenty of fluids while taking this medicine, unless your healthcare provider tells you otherwise.
  • Tabloid tablets can be made into a suspension (a liquid), for people who have difficulty swallowing the tablets, such as young children. Talk to your healthcare provider about this option if you or your child has problems swallowing Tabloid.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not stop taking it just because you feel better.  

Dosing Information

The dose of Tabloid your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, such as:
  • 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 Tabloid Dosage for more information.)
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