Leukemia is a blood cancer that is caused by the rise of the number of white blood cells within the body. These white blood cells crowd out the red blood cells and platelets that your body needs in order to stay healthy. There is a variety of types of Leukemia, and they all cause different problems.
However in order to retain a quality of life, in taking this medication, while it does not cure the disease, it can however improve your current lifestyle.
Follow any and all of the directions given to you by your doctor and listen to all the information and advice they may have about this medication and this disease.
This medication is to be taken by mouth, with or without food. And usually once a day or as directed by your doctor.
Dosage is based on your weight, medical condition, laboratory test results, and response to treatment. Keep in mind that your treatment may be stopped short if your blood counts are too low. Make sure you keep all medical and lab appointments.
Do not increase your dose or take this medication more often then what has been prescribed to you.
Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Busulfan; or to any other medications or allergies in general.
Before taking this medication, it is for the best to inform you doctor of you Medical history. Especially of; blood/bone marrow disorders (such as bone marrow suppression, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, anemia), brain disorders (such as seizures, head injury).
Busulfan can make you more likely to get infections or may worsen any current infections. Therefore, wash your hands well to prevent the spread of infection. Avoid contact with people who have infections that may spread to others (such as chickenpox, measles, flu). Consult your doctor if you have been exposed to an infection or for more details.
Do not have immunizations/vaccinations without the consent of your doctor. Avoid contact with people who have recently received live vaccines (such as flu vaccine inhaled through the nose).
Some of these side effects may occur when taking this medication; they are as follows; Darkening skin or dry mouth may occur. However if any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor right away.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: signs of liver disease (such as persistent nausea/vomiting, severe stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing skin/eyes, dark urine), seizures, unusual/extreme tiredness, painful urination, toe/joint pain, fainting, fast/pounding heartbeat, cloudy/blurred vision.
Busulfan has rarely caused very serious (possibly fatal) lung disease. This may occur after months to years of using busulfan. Tell your doctor right away if you develop symptoms of lung disease, including chest pain, shortness of breath, persistent cough.
Busulfan may cause other cancers (such as acute leukemia, tumors). Consult your doctor for more details. Tell your doctor right away if you notice any symptoms of cancer, including unusual lumps, sudden weight loss.
This medication may affect the ovaries, possibly reducing fertility and causing hormone changes (such as missed menstrual periods). Talk to your doctor for more details.
This medication can decrease sperm production and shrink the testicles, effects that may lower male fertility. Talk to your doctor for more details.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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