GlaxoSmithKline | Alkeran (Medication)
Alkeran/melphalan is a prescription only medication, used to treat certain types of cancer in the bone marrow (multiple myeloma, ovarian cancer). Alkeran interferes with the growth of cancer cells, which are eventually destroyed.
Take this medication by mouth, usually once a day as directed by your doctor. Your doctor may direct you to take this medication on an empty stomach. ...
Serious side effects may include:easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness; fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms; nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice; missed menstrual periods; unusual lumps or masses; red skin rash, rapid pulse, pain, weight loss; breathing problems or a cough that won't go away; or pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, confusion and weakness.
Less serious side effects may include:mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips; temporary hair loss; or mild skin itching and rash. If any of these persist or get worsen seek medical care. ...
Prior to using this drug, tell your doctor if you are allergic to melphalan or have any other allergies. Inform your doctor if you suffer from a kidney disease, decreased bone marrow from other diseases or medications, if you had previous cancer or radiation treatment.
Do not have immunizations or vaccinations without the consent of your doctor.
During pregnancy and breastfeeding do not to use this medicine without your doctor's advice. ...