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Dr. Corey Clay
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Novantrone (Overview)

Novantrone is a cancer-related antibiotic which is a kind of cancer drug.


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Can anyone tell me about novantrone?

Can anyone tell me about novantrone?

See answer below: Novantrone is an antineoplastic drug used for the treatment of various cancers such as breast or prostate cancer, lymphomas or leukemias and is also used in multiple sclerosis. Routine echocardiograms need to be obtained prior to each infusion. Infusions are administered every 3 months and limited to 8-9 infusions per lifetime. ...Read more

Dr. Corey Clay
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Novantrone (Overview)

Novantrone is a cancer-related antibiotic which is a kind of cancer drug.


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I was given novantrone right at diagnosis of ms, I'm 15. Will this treatment work?

I was given novantrone right at diagnosis of ms, I'm 15. Will this treatment work?

General answer: Novantrone is often used for symptoms of what is called secondary progressive MS. This occurs for people who have had MS for awhile, either with or without treatment. It is not at all common for someone who is 15, but it is possible for someone who is 50. Novantrone seems to be less popular due to less than enticing effectiveness. It is not common to be used as a first line treatment. ...Read more

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Novantrone right at diagnosis of ms, what to do?

Novantrone right at diagnosis of ms, what to do?

1st time treatment?: Novantrone is not normally used as the first therapy for MS. It is used for secondary progressive MS, which occurs in people who have had MS for a long time. Some people prefer not to use novantrone. If this is the only treatment that has been offered to you, it may be a good idea to seek a 2d opinion. ...Read more

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Can you give me some information about effects of novantrone?

Can you give me some information about effects of novantrone?

See answer below: It depends what the drug is being used for. Novantrone is used in patients with both relapsing-remitting and secondary progressive MS and reduces the frequency of relapses and delays disease progression. It is also used to treat a variety of cancers where it disrupts dna synthesis and repair and prevents cell proliferation. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me about novantrone?

See answer below: Novantrone is an antineoplastic drug used for the treatment of various cancers such as breast or prostate cancer, lymphomas or leukemias and is also used in multiple sclerosis. Routine echocardiograms need to be obtained prior to each infusion. Infusions are administered every 3 months and limited to 8-9 infusions per lifetime. ...Read more

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Can you give me some information about effects of novantrone?

See answer below: It depends what the drug is being used for. Novantrone is used in patients with both relapsing-remitting and secondary progressive MS and reduces the frequency of relapses and delays disease progression. It is also used to treat a variety of cancers where it disrupts dna synthesis and repair and prevents cell proliferation. ...Read more

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Novantrone right at diagnosis of ms, what to do?

1st time treatment?: Novantrone is not normally used as the first therapy for MS. It is used for secondary progressive MS, which occurs in people who have had MS for a long time. Some people prefer not to use novantrone. If this is the only treatment that has been offered to you, it may be a good idea to seek a 2d opinion. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me about a drug called novantrone? Is it for ms?

Can anyone tell me about a drug called novantrone?  Is it for ms?

Avoid it: I have NOT used it for MS literally for years, as it can cause a vacuolar cardiomyopathy, and acute myelocytic leukemia. It is approved by FDA for secondary progressive MS, and is the sole drug approved for this indication, but as noted, is highly risky. Not convinced that it ever helped any of my patients with SPMS. Would find alternative treatments if this choice is presented. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could buy novantrone (chemotherapy drug) online, or from other sources in north america?

Can you tell me how I could buy novantrone (chemotherapy drug) online, or from other sources in north america?

Why?: Chemotherapy agents are very toxic drugs that require special storage, mixing, and administration. This is to be done by professionals with expertise, not a "weekend oncologist". Do not play with this stuff. You could harm yourself and others. ...Read more

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20 yr old female on novantrone for MS exp. dull left side chest pain for 3 days. pain is pretty mild, reaching only a 3 on the pain scale. concerning?

20 yr old female on novantrone for MS exp. dull left side chest pain for 3 days. pain is pretty mild, reaching only a 3 on the pain scale. concerning?

Not disconcerting: However, I do NOT like or use Mitoxantrone due to cardiovascular risk, and leukemia risk. Most MS focused neurologists have a similar attitude. Have absolutely no issues with Acthar, for use in relapses. I do not know history, but why not consider ongoing treatment with Gilenya or Tysabri, (natalizumab) both far safer and more effective. Should also be taking Vitamin D-3 supplements. (? consider rituxamab) ...Read more

Dr. David Brandes
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Mitoxantrone (Definition)

Mitoxantrone is a cancer-related antibiotic which is a ...Read more