Disease Information & Support


The Word:


Generic name Melphalan
Pronunciation MEL-fa-lan
Brand name(s), other common name(s) Alkeran®
Drug type  DNA-damaging agent
How the drug is given By mouth or intravenously (IV)

Melphalan is FDA approved to treat people who have myeloma.

Side effects needing medical attention: Sudden rash and itching; difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; hives; black, tarry stools; fever, chills or sore throat; unusual bleeding or bruising; side or stomach pain; sores in mouth and on lips; cough; yellow discoloration of skin or eyes; missed menstrual periods; swelling of feet or lower legs; nausea and vomiting; weight loss.

Side effects needing medical attention after stopping this medication: Fever, chills or sore throat; unusual bleeding or bruising.


For information on how to manage the costs of drug therapy, please see Financial Matters and Prescription Drug Coverage, or to speak with an Information Specialist, call (800) 955-4572.

last updated on Monday, October 15, 2012