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Things to Tell Your Doctor Before Treatment

Whenever your doctor prescribes a treatment, tell him or her if:

  • you've taken the drug before (even if you had no unusual reaction)
  • you had an unusual or allergic reaction to this drug
  • you have or have had any other medical conditions, including:
    • diabetes
    • gout
    • heart disease (or abnormal heart rhythms or congestive heart failure)
    • a head injury
    • infection
    • an immune deficiency
    • kidney disease
    • kidney stones
    • liver disease
    • marrow depression
    • low serum magnesium or potassium
    • pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
    • a history of alcoholism
  • you've recently been exposed to varicella (chicken pox) or herpes zoster (shingles)
  • you've had an unusual or allergic reaction to any foods such as lactose or egg whites, preservatives, dyes, E. coli-derived proteins, albumin or retinoid (vitamin A) preparations
  • you've ever been treated with radiation therapy or other cancer therapies (some cancer drugs may increase the effects of other medications or radiation therapy
  • you take any vitamins, minerals, herbs or other supplements
  • you're planning a family or have any concerns about intimacy, birth control, fertility, pregnancy or breastfeeding
  • you take any other drugs (prescription or over-the-counter)
  • you use illegal or street drugs, which can increase the toxicity of certain cancer drugs
  • you're a smoker
last updated on Monday, March 14, 2011

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