Lysodrenand/or alternativesChemical Ingredient: Mitotane
What is a generic medication?
Generic medications are significantly discounted copies of brand name medication that have the same active ingredients, intended use, dosage, side effects, effects, and route of administration as the original brand name medication. In other words, generic medications have the same pharmacological effects as their brand-name counterparts. Over half of all prescribed medications are for generic medications.
Lysodren Helps Treat the Following Conditions:
Cancer of the Adrenal Gland
Adrenal cancer forms in the adrenal gland, which can affect the gland’s ability to secrete various hormones. In half of all patients, symptoms of the condition depend on the type of hormones (e.g. androgens, estrogens, cortisol, aldosterone) secreted by the adrenal gland.
Patients may experience symptoms as the tumor grows and presses on other organs. Though rare, this condition is usually advanced by the time it is diagnosed.
Lysodren Active Ingredient
Lysodren is prescribed to adrenal cancer patients. It contains the active ingredient mitotane which slows down the growth of adrenal gland cells and reduces the production of steroid hormones.
Generic Lysodren Alternative
Generic alternatives to Lysodren are not yet available on this website.
General Drug Information
What is Lysodren and What Is It Used For?
Lysodren is prescribed to patients with advanced adrenal gland cancer. The medication is indicated for patients whose cancer has relapsed, has spread to other parts of the body, and cannot be surgically removed.
Usage and Application
Before sourcing Lysodren online, please review thoroughly the medication guide provided by your doctor or pharmacist. Inform your physician of all other prescription medicines, over-the-counter drugs, and herbal supplements you are taking.
Patients are usually directed to take Lysodren by mouth (with or without food), three or four times a day. The dosage depends on the patient’s medical condition and response to treatment.
Patients should use Lysodren regularly to experience its full benefit. To prevent forgetting, take this medication at the same time each day. Do not increase your dose or use Lysodren for longer or more often than prescribed. Your condition will not improve faster, however, you will face higher risk of serious side effects.
It is important that patients learn how to handle Lysodren and its container safely and how to properly dispose of this medication.
Lysodren can be absorbed through the skin and lungs and can harm an unborn baby. Women who are pregnant – or who may become pregnant – should not handle this medication or breathe dust from the tablets.
Considerations Before Taking Lysodren
Before starting treatment, patients should discuss the possibility of allergic reactions to Lysodren. It is very important to discuss the patient’s medical history, especially relating to liver disease.
Lysodren may cause dizziness and drowsiness. Alcohol and marijuana are likely to exacerbate this effect. Do not drive, use machinery, or perform tasks which require alertness until you can do so safely. Limit alcoholic beverages and discuss marijuana use with your doctor.
Patients preparing for surgery or certain dental procedures should inform their doctor or dentist about all drugs, supplements, and herbal products they are taking.
Lysodren can be absorbed through the skin and lungs, causing possible harm to an unborn baby. Women who are pregnant (or who may become pregnant) should never handle this medication or inhale the dust from the tablets.
Women should alert their doctor if they are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Lysodren may harm an unborn baby, therefore women who use this drug should protect against pregnancy. Discuss reliable forms of birth control with your doctor. In the event of pregnancy, contact your doctor immediately.
Pregnancy must be avoided for some time after treatment with Lysodren has stopped. Women must have a blood test to determine when it is safe to stop using birth control.
Lysodren passes into breast milk and may harm a nursing infant, so breastfeeding while taking this medication is not recommended. After treatment has ended, safe breastfeeding can be determined by blood tests. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Delayed and Omitted Doses
Patients who miss a dose of Lysodren should take it as soon as they remember. If this happens near the time of the next scheduled dose, patients should skip the missed dose and proceed as usual. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Other Medications and Lysodren
Drug interactions may alter the way Lysodren works, increasing the risk of negative side effects. Before starting treatment, patients should discuss all medications and supplements they are taking with their doctor. Patients should always adhere to their dose. Do not stop taking this medication unless advised otherwise by your doctor.
Lysodren can speed up the removal of certain medications from the body, affecting how they work (e.g. Ranexa).
Lysodren may also affect some medicines prescribed to treat hepatitis C (e.g. asunaprevir, daclatasvir, and ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir).
Lysodren may cause drowsiness. Patients should inform their doctor or pharmacist if they take other products – like alcohol and marijuana – that have a similar effect. Antihistamines (e.g. cetirizine, diphenhydramine), and drugs for sleep or anxiety (e.g. alprazolam, diazepam, zolpidem) should also be mentioned.
Inform your doctor if you use any muscle relaxants (e.g. carisoprodol, cyclobenzaprine) or narcotic pain relievers (e.g. codeine, hydrocodone).
Patients should check the labels on all medicines (especially allergy and cough-and-cold products) for ingredients which may cause drowsiness. Consult your pharmacist about the safe use of such products.
This is not a full list of all possible interactions. Please consult your physician before purchasing Lysodren online.
Patients are prescribed this medication because their doctor has determined that the benefits of treatment are greater than the risks. Most patients use Lysodren without serious side effects.
Common side effects, however, include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and diarrhea. Some patients may also experience dizziness, drowsiness, and weakness. Patients should alert their physician should these symptoms persist or worsen.
Patients should get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position to reduce the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness.
Serious side effects include unusual or rapid weight loss, fainting, bloody urine, and changes in skin color. Some patients may experience easy bruising or bleeding, as well as ocular changes like blurred or double vision. Mood changes like depression and confusion are also possible. Women should monitor for symptoms of ovarian cysts (e.g. vaginal bleeding and pelvic pain).
In some patients, Lysodren may cause a rash that is usually not serious. It may be difficult to tell this rash apart from one that signifies a severe reaction, so it’s best to inform your doctor immediately if one occurs.
Serious allergic reactions to Lysodren are rare, yet patients should be aware of symptoms including rash, itching, and swelling (tongue/throat), severe dizziness, and trouble breathing.
How to Store Lysodren
Store Lysodren at room temperature, away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep away from children and pets.
Unwanted medication should be disposed of properly. Do not pour down the drain or flush down the toilet. Consult a pharmacist or your local waste disposal company to find out more about safe disposal methods.
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