What condition does Procarbazine Hydrochloride treat?
Procarbazine Hydrochloride is used for the treatment of Hodgkin’s disease or also called Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Hodgkin’s disease is a blood cancer that starts in the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system helps the immune system get rid of waste and fight infections. This medication helps slow or stop the growth of the cancer cells in the body. Procarbazine Hydrochloride usually recommends for use along with other chemotherapy drugs.
Procarbazine Hydrochloride is in the class of drugs known as alkylating agents. It is a hydrazine derivative antineoplastic agent. In addition, Procarbazine Hydrochloride is a cancer medicine that interferes with the spread and development of cancers cells. This prescription comes as capsules for oral use. This drug is already approved medication by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
How does Procarbazine Hydrochloride work?
Procarbazine Hydrochloride disrupts the growth of cancer cells. It is through stopping the cells from making proteins and DNA. Cancer cells must create proteins and DNA so they can grow and multiply.
What is the recommended dosage for Procarbazine Hydrochloride?
The recommended dosage will depend on your medical condition, weight, age, and response. Take this medicine as given by a doctor. Please do not take more or less than your doctor provides it. Your doctor may instruct you to start this treatment at a low dose and slowly increase it.
Procarbazine Hydrochloride is usually needed to take at least once or twice a day. You may need to take medicine for two weeks, then stopped for a time, and repeated or be directed by your doctor. Then, swallow the drug as a whole with a full glass of water. Don’t forget to take each dose at the same time each day. For the best benefit, take it regularly.
To prevent a severe high blood pressure reaction, you must follow a special diet recommended by your doctor or dietician to limit your tyramine intake while taking this medicine. Avoid foods and beverages such as:
- Aged cheeses
- Preserved fish
- Dried/aged meats and sausages
- Bouillon cubes
- Homemade or sourdough bread
- Powdered soup/gravy
- Fermented foods
- Broad/fava beans
- Most soybean products
- Tap beers
Consult your doctor or dietician for more details and a complete list of other foods containing tyramine that you should limit or avoid.
What are the side effects of Procarbazine Hydrochloride?
- Stomach pain
- Dry mouth
- Joint or muscle pain
- Trouble sleeping
- Temporary hair loss
- Rash or itching
- Darkening of the skin
- Changes in your menstrual periods
- Difficulty swallowing
What are the precautions in taking Procarbazine Hydrochloride?
- You should not take Procarbazine Hydrochloride if you are allergic to it or have bone marrow suppression.
- Tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease and fluid retention to ensure that this medication is safe.
- This prescription is not usually for use by pregnant women.
- If you are a breastfeeding women, consult your doctor first before taking this drug.
- Keep this at room temperature, far from heat or moisture.