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5-Fluorouracil, 5-Fluracil, 5-FU
Often used for:
Hepatoblastoma, Colorectal cancer
Fluorouracil is a type of chemotherapy. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cells. Depending on the type of cancer, the doctor may also prescribe leucovorin to help with the anticancer effects of fluorouracil.
Patients will have regular blood draws to check blood counts and monitor liver and kidney function.
May be given as a liquid into a vein by IV
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include: hives, rash, itching, difficulty breathing and/or swallowing, low blood pressure
Not all patients who take fluorouracil 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.