Uses of medication:
Fluorouracil is a chemotherapy drug used in the treatment of several types of cancer such as colon, bladder, breast, thymic, cervical, gastrointestinal, and other types of cancer. It is either used alone or in combination with other medications to either stop or slow down the activity of cancerous cell growth.
Dosage: The drug is available in injection form that is injected intravenously by the healthcare professional. Fluorouracil dosage depends upon several medical conditions such as response to therapy and body size.
If accidentally people took an overdose of the fluorouracil injection then the patient should immediately consult with the health care professional and call the toxicity center.
The most commonly reported fluorouracil side effects include:
- Skin darkening
- Mild diarrhea
- Stomach pain
- Blood in stool
Warnings and Precautions:
- Before starting the treatment consult with your health care professional about an already existing allergy, the injection contains several inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions.
- Before taking this drug chat with your doctor about the medical history especially thrombocytopenia, leukopenia, or decreased bone marrow functioning.
- Do not have live vaccination without proper doctor’s permission.
- Avoid using a sharp-edged instrument or any other equipment that can cause injury.
- Avoid any kind of sport that can cause bruises, cut, or injury.
- Apply proper sunscreen before going out in the day.
- Use proper contraceptive measures to avoid pregnancy.
- Women should not take this drug as it can cause potential embryo fetus damage.
- Fluorouracil uses is also not recommended in case of breastfeeding as it can pass through breast milk to the newborn baby