Mar
28
2011

MEDICATIONS FOR RA (RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS): TAKING CYCLOPHOSPHAMIDE

MEDICATIONS FOR RA (RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS): TAKING CYCLOPHOSPHAMIDE
Before starting cyclophosphamide therapy discuss the following with your physician:
•   A history of blood problems, kidney or liver conditions, HIV infection, previous x-ray therapy or chemotherapy, or a positive tuberculin skin test or tuberculosis.
•   Any medications you are taking, but in particular sleeping medications (barbiturates), diuretics (water pills), or gout medications (allopurinol).
While taking cyclophosphamide:
•   Contact your physician promptly if you notice fever or chills, sore throat, cough, unusual bleeding or bruising, a change in urine color, burning or pain with urination, a change in skin color, or a marked increase in fatigue.
•   Monitor your urination while you are taking cyclophosphamide. Make certain that the frequency of urination has not decreased. Drink large amounts of water each day to flush out your bladder.
•   Never take this medication at bedtime.
Avoid coming into close contact with persons having a viral or bacterial infection.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Both men and women must use contraception while taking cyclophosphamide. Birth defects are a distinct possibility. Decreased fertility and sterility are potential side effects of this medication. Nursing is not recommended.
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Before starting cyclophosphamide therapy discuss the following with your physician:
•   A history of blood problems, kidney or liver conditions, HIV infection, previous x-ray therapy or chemotherapy, or a positive tuberculin skin test or tuberculosis.
•   Any medications you are taking, but in particular sleeping medications (barbiturates), diuretics (water pills), or gout medications (allopurinol).
While taking cyclophosphamide:
•   Contact your physician promptly if you notice fever or chills, sore throat, cough, unusual bleeding or bruising, a change in urine color, burning or pain with urination, a change in skin color, or a marked increase in fatigue.
•   Monitor your urination while you are taking cyclophosphamide. Make certain that the frequency of urination has not decreased. Drink large amounts of water each day to flush out your bladder.
•   Never take this medication at bedtime.
Avoid coming into close contact with persons having a viral or bacterial infection.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Both men and women must use contraception while taking cyclophosphamide. Birth defects are a distinct possibility. Decreased fertility and sterility are potential side effects of this medication. Nursing is not recommended.
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