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When and How to Use This MedicationSome general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with mechlorethamine include the following:
- This medicine is usually given as an injection into a vein (an intravenous, or IV, injection), although it may also be given directly into body cavities (the lining of the lungs, heart, or abdomen).
- You will receive your dose by a trained healthcare provider in a healthcare setting, such as a hospital or clinic.
- Your healthcare provider may give you other medicines to help reduce some of the mechlorethamine side effects, such as nausea and vomiting.
- Mechlorethamine can be extremely irritating if it comes in contact with the skin or leaks from the vein. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you have pain, redness, or swelling at the IV site (the site where the needle goes into your vein).
- For this drug to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
Dosing Information for MechlorethamineThe dose of mechlorethamine your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The type of cancer you have
- Your overall health
- Your weight
- How you respond to and tolerate the medication
- Other medical conditions you may have.