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Mesnex



USES: Mesna is used along with ifosfamide or cyclophosphamide (anticancer medications) to protect against a bladder condition called hemorrhagic cystitis.

 
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Mesnex

Uses
Mesna is used along with ifosfamide or cyclophosphamide (anticancer medications) to protect against a bladder condition called hemorrhagic cystitis.
Notes
  • This medication does not prevent all side effects of ifosfamide.
  • It is useful only in protecting against hemorrhagic cystitis; however, it is not effective in all patients.

Storage
  • After preparation, this medication is stable for 24 hours at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C).
  • Before preparation, store the vials at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C).


How To Use
  • HOW TO USE THIS MEDICATION: This medication is administered by injection into a vein by a health care professional.
  • It must be given along with each ifosfamide dose and at 4 and 8 hours after each ifosfamide dose.

Side Effects
  • Because this medication is used along with anticancer medications, it is difficult to identify side effects of mesna alone.
  • Bad taste in the mouth, soft stools, diarrhea, headache, nausea, vomiting and fatigue have been reported.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor.
  • An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
  • Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness or trouble breathing..
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of all current illnesses and of any allergies you may have.
  • Because the multiple-dose vial of this medication contains benzyl alcohol, it must not be used on infants or newborns and should be used with caution in older children.
  • Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are pregnant.
  • It is not known if mesna passes into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • It is important that each dose be used as scheduled.
  • If you miss a dose, contact your doctor who will help establish a new dose schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription medications you may use.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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