| Procarbazine HCL
What is P-Carzine?
P-Carzine containing the active ingredient procarbazine is considered an alkylating agents type of medication. The medication should be taken along with other chemotherapy drugs to treat Hodgkin’s disease, a type of cancer of the lymph glands that affects the white blood cells that normally fights infection. It works by preventing cancer cells from growing and creating new cancer cells but may also prevent normal cells from growing as well. Some patients may also use the drug to treat brain tumors.
How is P-Carzine used?
P-Carzine should only be taken orally as directed by a doctor. The medication can be taken with or without food but should be washed down with a full glass of water. Contact a doctor for the correct dosage and length of treatment as it will depend on the patient’s condition, weight and their response to the therapy. The capsules must be swallowed whole and not broken, crushed or chewed prior to consumption. Do not discontinue the therapy without consulting a doctor as abruptly stopping the treatment may cause severe withdrawal symptoms.
Patients using P-Carzine may cause unwanted side effects such as:
- Loss of appetite
- Severe diarrhea
- Temporary hair loss
- Muscle or joint pain
- Neutropenia or thrombocytopenia
Contact a doctor immediately should side effects persist or worsen.
The doctor may request frequent blood tests throughout the treatment as the medication will eliminate normal white blood cells being produced in the body as well.
Immediately proceed to your nearest emergency department if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms usually associated with such a reaction include difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest tightness, swelling, skin rashes, and hives.
P-Carzine is not always suitable for all patients. Always consult your health care provider prior to using this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, using any other medication (prescription or non-prescription), using any herbal products or supplements, or if you have any allergies or other health problems.
The correct dosage and prescription commonly depend on the patient and the condition being treated. Do not adjust your dosage without the approval of your health care provider. This product is only for use as prescribed and instructed.