Active ingredients: amifostine
What it is used for
To decrease the incidence of neutropenia related fever and infection induced by DNA-binding chemotherapeutic agents (classical alkylating agents such as cyclophosphamide and non-classical alkylating agents such as mitomycin-C and platinum-containing drugs); decrease in the incidence of acute and cumulative nephrotoxicity associated with platinum-based therapy; and the provision of better adherence to these types of chemotherapy regimens. INDICATIONS AS AT 31 MARCH 2000: Ethyol is indicated to decrease the incidence of neutropenia-related fever and infection induced by DNA-binding chemotherapeutic agents (classical alkylating agents such as cyclophosphamide and non-classical alkylating agents such as mitomycin-C and platinum containing drugs); decrease the incidence of acute and cumulative nephrotoxicity associated with platinum-based therapy; and to provide better adherence to these types of chemotherapy regimens. Ethyol is also indicated to protect against acute and late xerostomia associated with standard fractionated radiation therapy in patients with head and neck cancer.
How to take it
You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.
- The way to take this medicine: Intravenous
- Store below 25 degrees Celsius
- Shelf lifetime is 3 Years.
Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.
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Do I need a prescription?
This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is
Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?
For the active ingredient amifostine
You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.
For side effects, taking other medicines and more
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Reporting side effects
You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.
You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems