Procarbazine Hydrochloride is indicated 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 is used along with other chemotherapy drugs.
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.
Why use Procarbazine Hydrochloride?
Procarbazine Hydrochloride is in the class of drugs known as alkylating agents. This is a cancer medicine that interferes with the spread and development of cancers cells. Procarbazine Hydrochloride is supplied as capsules for oral use. Each capsule has 50 mg of Procarbazine Hydrochloride. It is a hydrazine derivative antineoplastic agent. This is a prescription approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
How to use Procarbazine Hydrochloride?
The recommended dosage is based on your medical condition, weight, age, and response. This is to be taken exactly as it is prescribed. Do not take more or less than it is given by your doctor. Your doctor may direct you to start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase the dose.
Procarbazine Hydrochloride is usually taken once or twice a day. This is taken for 2 weeks then stopped for a time and repeated or as directed by your doctor. Swallow the medicine 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.
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
Warnings and Precautions
- You should not take Procarbazine Hydrochloride if you are allergic to it or if you have bone marrow suppression.
- To make sure that this medication is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease and fluid retention.
- This is not recommended for use by pregnant women.
- If you are breastfeeding women, consult your doctor first before taking this drug.
- Keep this at room temperature far from heat or moisture.