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The Word:


Generic name Mitoxantrone
Pronunciation my-toh-ZAN-trone
Brand name(s), other common name(s) Novantrone®
Drug type  Antitumor antibiotic
How the drug is given Intravenously (IV)

Mitoxantrone is FDA approved in combination with other approved drug(s) indicated in the initial therapy of acute nonlymphocytic leukemia (ANLL) in adults. Mitoxantrone is a dark blue solution that may cause urine to appear blue-green. It may also cause the whites of the eyes to turn a blue color. These effects are normal and last for only 1 or 2 days after each dose is given. This medicine often causes a temporary loss of hair. After treatment with mitoxantrone has ended, normal hair growth should return.

Side effects needing medical attention: If mitoxantrone accidentally seeps out of the vein, it may severely damage some tissues and cause scarring. Your healthcare provider should be notified right away if you notice redness, pain or swelling at the IV site; fast or irregular heartbeat; rash or itching; fever or sore throat; unusual bleeding or bruising; mouth sores.


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last updated on Monday, October 15, 2012