Chemical Name: CHLORAMBUCIL (klor-AM-byoo-sill)
This medicine is an alkylating agent used to treat certain cancers. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
WARNING: Chlorambucil can cause cancer or weaken your bone marrow. Bone marrow is where blood cells are made that protect you against infections/illness. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop signs of infection (persistent sore throat or fever), easy bruising or bleeding, or unusual fatigue. Chlorambucil may damage chromosomes (genes); has left men and women sterile (inability to have children); and has caused birth defects. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. TRY TO TAKE THIS MEDICINE at the same time every day. DRINKING EXTRA FLUIDS while you are taking this medicine is recommended. Check with your doctor or nurse for instructions. IF NAUSEA, VOMITING, OR LOSS OF APPETITE OCCURS, ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist for ways to lessen these effects. STORE THIS MEDICINE in the refrigerator between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE and you take 1 dose daily, take the missed dose if you remember the same day. Skip the missed dose if you do not remember until the next day. Do not take 2 doses at once.
DO NOT EXCEED THE DOSE prescribed by your doctor. KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LABORATORY APPOINTMENTS while you are taking this medicine. THIS MEDICINE LOWERS YOUR RESISTANCE to infection. To prevent infection, avoid contact with people who have colds or other infections. Do not touch your eyes or the inside of your nose unless you have thoroughly washed your hands first. THIS MEDICINE MAY REDUCE THE NUMBER OF BLOOD CELLS NEEDED FOR CLOTTING. To prevent bleeding, avoid situations where bruising or injury may occur. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE HAVING IMMUNIZATIONS (VACCINATIONS) while you are using this medicine. THE USE OF BIRTH CONTROL IS RECOMMENDED while you are taking this medicine. THIS MEDICINE HAS BEEN SHOWN TO CAUSE HARM to the human fetus. IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. IT IS UNKNOWN IF THIS DRUG IS EXCRETED in breast milk. DO NOT BREAST-FEED while taking this medicine.
Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include diarrhea, tiredness, or mild nausea. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience fever; chills; sore throat; hip, stomach or joint pain; vomiting; yellowing of the skin or eyes; sores in the mouth or on the lips; persistent cough; congestion, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing; unusual bruising or bleeding; absence of monthly period; excessive tiredness; swelling; hives; or skin rash. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include agitation, dizziness, and seizures.
DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children. IF USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.