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Often used for:
Prevention of bladder damage caused by some cancer medicines
Mesna helps to protect against some of harmful effects of chemotherapy. It acts to lower the risk of hemorrhagic cystitis, a condition involving bleeding and inflammation of the bladder. Mesna is often given to patients receiving the chemotherapy medicines ifosfamide or cyclophosphamide.
Mesna is generally given multiple times each day of chemotherapy using a set dosing schedule.
May be taken as a tablet by mouth
May be given as a liquid into a vein by IV or injection
Not all patients who take mesna 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.