Treats cancer of the blood (leukemia) and lymph systems (lymphoma).
LeukeranThere may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
Do not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to chlorambucil or to similar cancer medicines, or if you are pregnant.
How to Use This Medicine
- Medicines used to treat cancer are very strong and can have many side effects. Before receiving this medicine, make sure you understand all the risks and benefits. It is important for you to work closely with your doctor during your treatment.
- Take your medicine as directed. Your dose may need to be changed several times to find what works best for you.
If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
- If you vomit after taking your medicine, call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- Store this medicine in the refrigerator.
- Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you have had any other chemotherapy or radiation therapy within the past 4 weeks.
- This medicine may interfere with vaccines. Ask your doctor before you get a flu shot or any other vaccines.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- It is not safe to take this medicine during pregnancy. It could harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, bone marrow problems, head injury, any type of infection, or a history of seizures.
- This medicine could cause infertility. Talk with your doctor before using this medicine if you plan to have children.
- Serious skin reactions can occur. Stop using this medicine and check with your doctor right away if you develop any skin problems such as blisters, peeling, rash, or sores, or if you get a fever or chills.
- This medicine may make you bleed, bruise, or get infections more easily. Take precautions to prevent illness and injury. Avoid people who are ill, and wash your hands often. Brush and floss your teeth gently, do not play rough sports, and be careful with sharp objects.
- Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
- Cancer medicines can cause diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting in most people, sometimes even after receiving medicines to prevent it. Ask your doctor or nurse about other ways to control these side effects.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Blistering, peeling, or red skin rash
- Dark-colored urine or pale stools
- Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, and body aches
- Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, or pain in the upper stomach
- Numbness, tingling, or burning pain in your hands, arms, legs, or feet
- Painful or difficult urination
- Seizures or tremors
- Sores, ulcers, or white patches on your lips or mouth
- Uncontrollable muscle movements or twitching
- Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness
- Unusual lumps under your skin
- Yellowing of the skin or the whites of your eyes
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Changes in your menstrual periods
- Confusion, agitation, or hallucination (seeing or hearing things that are not there)
- Mild nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Mild skin rash