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Mitomycin

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Antitumor Antibiotic Cancer-related

Mitomycin - What is it for

Mitomycin is an intravenous (injected into the vein) chemotherapy that is used for the treatment of certain types of cancer.

Mitomycin - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Mitomycin cause?

Early side effects

  • Nausea and vomiting may occur 1 – 2 hours after treatment, and may last for 2 – 3 days.
    There are medications available, which may prevent or decrease these side effects. If you are given these medications, take them as directed.
  • Pain or tenderness similar to a burn if the medicine leaks outside the vein.

Delayed side effects

  • ​A drop in the blood cell counts may occur 3 to 4 weeks after treatment.
  • Mouth ulcers and/or tenderness may occur a few days after treatment.
  • Temporary hair loss may occur but rare.
  • Purple lines may appear on your fingernails.

Inform your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • ​Fever of 38°C or higher, chills or sore throat.
  • Sore throat, hoarseness or mouth sores.
  • Pain and itchiness, redness or swelling at or near the injection site.
  • Unusual bleeding, bruising or black stools; blood in urine; pinpoint red spots on skin.
  • Pain or burning sensation when passing urine. ​

Before taking Mitomycin, what precautions must I follow?

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Mitomycin?

Mitomycin - Dosage and How to Use

How should Mitomycin be used?

What should I do if I miss a dose?

What should I do if I overdose?

Mitomycin - Handling and Storage

How should I handle Mitomycin safely?

How should I store Mitomycin?

How should I dispose of Mitomycin safely?

Mitomycin - Additional Information

  • Updated on Saturday, January 1, 2011
  • Article contributed by Department of Pharmacy National Cancer Centre Singapore

    The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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