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Procarbazine is given in pill form.
How It Works
Procarbazine is classified as an alkylating agent. It causes cell
death by interfering with the way genetic material (DNA) in the cell
Why It Is Used
Procarbazine is used to treat leukemia and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
It may also be used to treat other kinds of cancer.
How Well It Works
Procarbazine is an effective treatment for non-Hodgkin's
Side effects of procarbazine are common, generally mild, and may
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Loss of
- Mouth sores (stomatitis).
- Changes in the way
- Cough or shortness of breath.
- Tingling or
numbness of fingers or toes (peripheral neuropathy).
- Skin rash,
which may itch.
Women who take this medicine may experience menopausal symptoms,
including hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference
is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
Procarbazine should be given only under the supervision of a
medical oncologist or
Procarbazine can affect your ability to have children. You may not
be able to become pregnant or father a child after taking procarbazine. Discuss
fertility with your doctor before starting treatment with this
Procarbazine can cause birth defects. Do not use this medicine if
you are pregnant or wish to become pregnant or father a child while you are
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|By: ||Healthwise Staff ||Last Revised: March 29, 2012|
|Medical Review: ||Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine|
Douglas A. Stewart, MD - Medical Oncology
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