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Bussulfam, Busulfanum, Busulphan
Often used for:
Leukemia, Conditioning for hematopoietic cell transplant
Busulfan is given to prepare patients for a hematopoietic cell transplant (also called a bone marrow transplant or a stem cell transplant). It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cells.
Patients will have regular blood draws to check blood counts and monitor liver function. Blood levels of busulfan may be monitored to see whether the dose should be changed.
Busulfan can cause lung damage. Chest X-rays and breathing tests may be used to check for lung problems.
May be taken as a tablet by mouth
May be given as a liquid into a vein by IV
May be taken as a liquid by mouth
Not all patients who take busulfan will experience these side effects. Common side effects are in bold, but there may be others. Please report all suspected side effects to your doctor or pharmacist.
Be sure to discuss these and other recommendations with your doctor or pharmacist.