Alkacel 50 mg (melphalan 50 mg) is used to treat certain types of cancer (such as multiple myeloma, ovarian). Alkacel (melphalan 50 mg) belongs to a class of drugs known as alkylating agents. Alkacel (melphalan 50 mg) works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells.
How to use Alkacel
Take Alkacel (melphalan 50 mg) by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once a day. Unless otherwise directed by your doctor, drink plenty of fluids to help prevent side effects.
The dosage and treatment schedule are based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Carefully follow your doctor’s directions for taking Alkacel 50 mg (melphalan 50 mg).
Do not increase your dose or take Alkacel 50 mg (melphalan 50 mg) more often than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of serious side effects will increase.
It may take several months before you see a benefit from this drug.
Since this drug can be absorbed through the skin and lungs and may harm an unborn baby, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle this medication or breathe the dust from the tablets.
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, lip/mouth sores, and loss of appetite may occur. Nausea and vomiting can be severe. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe medication to prevent or relieve nausea and vomiting. Eating several small meals, not eating before treatment, or limiting activity may help lessen some of these effects. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Temporary hair loss may occur. Normal hair growth should return after treatment has ended.
People using Alkacel 50 mg (melphalan 50 mg) may have serious side effects. However, your doctor has prescribed this drug because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk offside effects. Careful monitoring by your doctor may decrease your risk.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.