Cytoxan belongs to drugs which are used to treat different types of a disease caused by an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in a part of the body. It’s used as a part of chemotherapy which aim is to stop the growth of harmful cells or make their spreading slower. Patients also take it to weaken the immune system that lets an organism resist various health disorders caused by infections and viruses. Medics use the drug in pediatrics. The drug is used by children to treat kidney disease in case other medications don’t help.
Side Effects: What are they?
Patients may experience Cytoxan adverse effects in case of improper taking or if a person has the drug intolerance.
The most widespread Cytoxan side effects are:
- dysphonia and cough
- chills and fever
- pain in the lower part of the back
- side pain
- irregular menstruations
- problematic urination
If a person takes the drug as a part of a long-term treatment, then a patient may:
- Notice that the urine is pink or even red (because of blood in it)
- Experience vertigo
- Feel disturbed and embarrassed
- Have rapid heart beating
- Feel pain in the joints
- Have problematic breathing
- Suffer leg and arm swelling
- Feel weak and exhausted
The statistic shows that the drug can affect a person in many other ways but such cases are rare. Among them a patient may find:
- problematic stools of black color
- the skin covered with tiny red spots
- unexpected cases of bleeding and bruises
Some patients noticed that long-term treatment leads to often urination, sores that appear on the lips and in the mouth, dyspnea, dry mouth, and yellowing of the skin and eyes.
The drug is manufactured in the form of injections, tablets, capsules, and powder that must be dissolved in water. If the drug is injected, a person may have an allergic reaction or painful swelling on the place of the shot.
What Side Affect May Not Need Medical Attention?
Before the beginning of the medication, every patient is warned about the possible adverse effects of the drug. Some reactions are inevitable and don’t require specific attention but only if they are not too bothersome or last longer than expected. When the body gets adapted to the treatment, these negative reactions usually disappear and a person feels much better. Doctors often inform their patients about possible ways of serious side effects prevention or, at least, tell how to reduce the negative effect of the treatment. A patient must tell the health care professional if the following side reactions don’t go away:
- skin and fingernails color changing (usually it’s getting darker)
- lack of appetite
- digestion malfunction
- face redness
- abnormal sweating
- allergic reactions on the skin
- swollen mouth and lips
When a person takes the drug during a long period, the organism becomes dependent and when the treatment is stopped abruptly, a patient may suffer Cytoxan withdrawal symptoms. The most common symptoms are:
- pain in all parts of the body
- lack of granulocytes in the blood that leads to the inability of the organism to cope with infections
- damage of the nervous system
- increased blood pressure
- pain caused by the damage of facial nerves responsible for facial sensation
According to the medical statistic, women aging 50-59 is the most vulnerable age category comparing to others. Approximately 60% of them experience withdrawal. Next category includes people 30-39 years old (25% of all cases). Only 15% of the third risky age category (60+) has problematic withdrawal. Medical records show that other age categories recover fast after the medication.