Lysodren (Mitotane) Dosage and Side Effects
LYSODREN is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body. LYSODREN is used to treat cancer of the adrenal gland (adrenal cortical carcinoma).
Proper Use of this medication
You may receive your first few doses of LYSODREN in a hospital setting where you can be monitored in case the medication causes serious side effects.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- blurred or double vision;
- confusion, problems with speech, balance, or walking;
- a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
- easy bruising or bleeding (nosebleeds, bleeding gums); or
- any bleeding that will not stop.
Common side effects may include:
- nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite;
- depressed mood, weakness, lack of energy;
- dizziness, spinning sensation; or
- mild skin rash.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Warnings and Precautions
You may need to stop taking LYSODREN for a short time if you have a serious injury or medical emergency. Your doctor will determine when you can start taking this medicine again. You may need to take steroid medication along with LYSODREN, especially if you have a serious injury or medical emergency. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without advice from your doctor.
You must remain under the care of a doctor while taking LYSODREN.
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to LYSODREN.
To make sure LYSODREN is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- recent infection, surgery, or trauma;
- liver disease; or
- if you take a blood thinner (warfarin, Coumadin, Jantoven).
Do not use LYSODREN if you are pregnant. This medicine could harm the unborn baby or cause miscarriage or premature birth. Use effective birth control to avoid pregnancy during your treatment with LYSODREN. Follow your doctor's instructions about how long to prevent pregnancy after your treatment ends.
LYSODREN can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.
Interactions with this medication
This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.