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When does it kick in: Unpredictable. It is for adeocarcinoma of certian organs and should be taken every 6 weeks. Let's hope it helps but ask you oncologist if it is working or not. ...Read more
Mitomycin C: In addition to effects on blood cells you may getmouth sores, poor appetite, fatigue, and less commonly nausea and vomiting, mild diarrhea, hair loss, bladder inflammation (urinary frequency, burning, cramping, pain) — seen with intravesical (into the bladder) therapy, and there are other rare side effects. They may occur at differing times during the treatment. Discuss with your oncologist. ...Read more
Yes: The mitomycins are a family of aziridine-products isolated from Streptomyces caespitosus or Streptomyces lavendulae. One of these compounds, mitomycin C, is very useful as a chemotherapeutic agent. It is given IV to treat esophageal, anal and breast cancers, as well as by bladder instillation for superficial bladder tumors. In combo with RT it can be very effective. ...Read more
Varying severity: Haze can be mild to severe. Mild haze is unlikely to affect your vision. Your eye surgeon will titrate some medications during your recovery to minimize haze and its effect on your vision. Most patients with haze don't experience any significant symptoms, and it's something that bothers us more than doctors because we see it using 10x magnification on our microscopes. Good luck. ...Read more
Is mitomycin-n, an injectible medicine, a possible alternative to radiation therapy for cheek carcinoma?
No: Chemotherapy alone is not generally used for treating cancers of the head & neck. Surgery may be an alternative to radiation therapy for cheek cancers. Depending on the extent of the cancer, surgery could be significantly more morbid than radiation therapy. You might consider a consultation at a multi-disciplinary program with head & neck surgeons, radiation oncologists & medical oncologists. ...Read more
I've had a small squamous cell carcinoma of the eye removed (<5mm). Treatment with mitomycin during removal only. Any suggested follow up procedures?
Follow up needed!: The nice thing here is that you can be followed up clinically and observed. Follow your surgeon's directions. Should likely be seen every 4-6 months for a 2 years or so. If no recurrence, then at least annually! ...Read more
I'm about to have my 6th of 6 mitomycin treatment for bladder cancer. Taking vesicare (solifenacin). Feeling very fatigued with horse throat; is that side effects?
Mutamycin allergy: Mutamycin (Mitomycin) is a chemotherapy medication. An allergy occurs when your bodys immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. For possible adverse effects see: https://www.drugs.com/sfx/mitomycin-side-effects.html ...Read more
There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more
Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more
ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isn't good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more
Applies to skin: Topical just refers to how a medication is applied. In this case to the skin and is meant to treat local skin problems. Some meds are applied to the skin but are meant to be absorbed into the body in which case we use the term "transdermal" since it is meant to pass through the skin to affect the whole body. ...Read more
Why R you depressed?: If your depression is affecting your life and/or those around you and you have trouble dealing with it or not knowing how to etc. It is very reasonable to seek help, either from a therapist, your physician/nurse, or both. Psychotherapy may be adequate for some, others may need both meds (many choices, depending on your symptoms/needs) and therapy. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
RSD, or: Complex regional pain syndrome can be difficult to treat and each patient needs to be treated differently. Opioid medications are definitely not the first option. Consider medications that affect nerve pain most, like neuromodulators such as gabapentin. Clonidine has been found to help some as well. Stellate ganglion blocks can be diagnostic/therapeutic. Consider topical ketamine creams as well. ...Read more
Antacid: A h2 blocker (like Pepcid (famotidine) or its generic) once or twice daily, provides relief for many after about a week. If this fails, a proton pump inhibitor (ppi--like Prilosec or its generic) will often work where h2's have failed. If both fail after at least one week trial of each, see your dr or a GI dr for eval. ...Read more
Elimiron: Elmiron (pentosan) is a medication that is fda approved for ic (interstitial cystitis). The main way it works is not truly known, but it may help with coating the lining of the bladder. In ic, inflammation may be the main cause of pain. Have you seen a doctor in regard to this? Hopefully, you can get the proper testing and see if this med would work well for you. ...Read more
Some people do: ADD medications, stimulants in particular may change the way you feel. Some feel calmer or less restless or agitated. Some feel more focused. Some feel increased restlessness. But in short, yes, stimulants can make you feel differently than prior to taking them. ...Read more