Brand name: Phenasen TM
Active ingredients: arsenic
What it is used for
For the induction of remission and consolidation in patients with acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APL) who are refractory to, or have relapsed from, retinoid and anthracycline chemotherapy, and whose APL is characterised by the presence of the t(15:17) translocation or PML/RAR-alpha gene expression. For the induction of remission and consolidation in patients with previously untreated acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APL), in combination with all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) and/or chemotherapy and whose APL is characterised by the presence of the t(15:17) translocation or PML/RAR-alpha gene expression.
How to take it
The way to take this medicine is: Intravenous. This medicine or fluids is given through a needle or tube (catheter) inserted into a vein.
- Store below 30 degrees Celsius
- Shelf lifetime is 3 Years.
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clear and colourless solution
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 arsenic
This medicine is not considered safe during pregnancy. You should discuss this medicine with your doctor or pharmacist. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.
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Reporting side effects
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