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Fluorouracil

Fluorouracil Information

Fluorouracil Benefits & Uses

Fluorouracil is used to treat the following -

  1. Head and neck cancer
  2. Breast Cancer
  3. Keratosis, Seborrheic
  4. Pancreatic Cancer
  5. पेट का कैंसर
  6. Colorectal Cancer Primary
  7. बेसल सेल कार्सिनोमा
  8. Anal Cancer

Fluorouracil Dosage & How to Take

This is the usual dosage recommended in most common treatment cases. Please remember that every patient and their case is different, so the dosage can be different based on the disease, route of administration, patient's age and medical history.

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Ingredients of Fluorouracil

Fluorouracil

Fluorouracil Side Effects

Based on research, the following side effects have been observed when Fluorouracil is used -

  1. Nausea or vomiting
  2. Weakness
  3. Loss of appetite
  4. Increased risk of infection
  5. Decreased white blood cell count (neutrophils)
  6. Hair Loss
  7. Diarrhoea
  8. Esophagitis
  9. Stomatitis (Inflammation of the mouth)
  10. Inflammation Of Rectum
  11. Pain in Extremity
  12. Skin scar
  13. Contact Dermatitis
  14. Irritability
  15. Skin redness
  16. Sensation of Burning
  17. Dry Skin
  18. Pharyngitis
  19. Skin irritation
  20. Erythema
  21. Edema Moderate
  22. Itching or burning
  23. Infection
  24. Sinus infection

Fluorouracil Related Warnings

Is the use of Fluorouracil safe for pregnant women?

Fluorouracil has many dangerous side effects in pregnant women. If you are pregnant, do not consume Fluorouracil without medical advice.

Severe

Is the use of Fluorouracil safe during breastfeeding?

Women who are breastfeeding, may experience serious side effects after taking Fluorouracil. So it is adviced to consult the doctor before using it.

Severe

What is the effect of Fluorouracil on the Kidneys?

Using Fluorouracil does not have any harmful effects on kidneys.

Safe

What is the effect of Fluorouracil on the Liver?

You may experience side effects on your liver after taking Fluorouracil. If this happens, then discontinue its use. Consult your medical practitioner, do as he/she suggests.

Moderate

What is the effect of Fluorouracil on the Heart?

Fluorouracil is completely safe for the heart.

Safe

Severe Interaction of Fluorouracil with Other Drugs

Fluorouracil should not be taken with following medicines due to severe side effects it may cause to patients -

Fluorouracil Contraindications

If you are suffering from any of the following diseases, you should not take Fluorouracil unless your doctor advises you to do so -

  1. Bleeding
  2. Blood Cancer
  3. Liver Disease
  4. Skin Disorders and Diseases
  5. Mouth Ulcer
  6. Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

Frequently asked Questions about Fluorouracil

Is this Fluorouracil habit forming or addictive?

Fluorouracil does not cause addiction.

No

Is it safe to drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming?

No, you should not drive or operate heavy machinery after taking Fluorouracil as you may feel sleepy.

Dangerous

Is it safe?

Fluorouracil is safe but it is important to consult a doctor before taking it.

Safe, but take only on Doctor's advise

Is it able to treat mental disorders?

Fluorouracil is unable to treat or cure mental disorders.

No

Fluorouracil Interactions with Food and Alcohol

Interaction between Food and Fluorouracil

Taking Fluorouracil with food is safe.

Safe

Interaction between Alcohol and Fluorouracil

Due to lack of research, there is no information about the side effects of taking Fluorouracil with alcohol.

Unknown
This medicine data has been created by -
Dr. Md Saadullah
M.Pharma, Pharmacy
3 Years of Experience
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Dr. Vikas Chauhan
B.Pharma, Pharmacy
2 Years of Experience
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References

  1. US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [Internet]. Maryland. USA; Package leaflet information for the user; Fluorouracil
  2. KD Tripathi. [link]. Seventh Edition. New Delhi, India: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers; 2013: Page No 864
  3. April Hazard Vallerand, Cynthia A. Sanoski. [link]. Sixteenth Edition. Philadelphia, China: F. A. Davis Company; 2019: Page No 585-588