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Details of the Drug
Generic Name:
Drug Type:
DNA-damaging agent
How the Drug is Given:

Intravenously (IV)

nitrogen mustard

Indications and Usage

Mechlorethamine is FDA approved to treat people who have Hodgkin lymphoma, chronic myeloid leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, polycythemia vera and mycosis fungoides.

Side effects needing medical attention

If mechlorethamine accidentally seeps out of the vein, it may 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; wheezing; fever; chills; sore throat; missed menstrual periods; painful rash; unusual bleeding or bruising; dizziness; side and stomach pain; loss of hearing; ringing in ears; swelling of feet or lower legs; black, tarry stools; itching; numbness, tingling or burning of fingers, toes or face; shortness of breath; yellowing of eyes and skin 

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