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What is Arsenic Trioxide used for?

Arsenic Trioxide is a cancer medication used to treat a type of cancer called acute promyelocytic leukemia or APL (blood and bone marrow cancer). It belongs to a class of medications called anti-neoplastics. This injection medication works by slowing the growth of cancer cells in the body. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Arsenic Trioxide?

The dosage of Arsenic Trioxide prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

What if you miss a dose of Arsenic Trioxide?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to receive Arsenic Trioxide injection in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, call your doctor as soon as possible.

What if you overdose on Arsenic Trioxide?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Arsenic Trioxide, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Arsenic Trioxide?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Arsenic Trioxide.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Arsenic Trioxide, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Arsenic Trioxide can interact with diuretics, antidepressants, and narcotic medications.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Arsenic Trioxide?

Like other medicines, Arsenic Trioxide can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Arsenic Trioxide are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Arsenic Trioxide cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Arsenic Trioxide develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Arsenic Trioxide can cause side effects such as pain or swelling at the injection site, headache, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, and constipation. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are using Arsenic Trioxide.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Arsenic Trioxide?

Is it possible for me to receive Arsenic Trioxide with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I receive Arsenic Trioxide?
What are the possible drug interactions of Arsenic Trioxide?
How will Arsenic Trioxide work in my body?
How to reduce the risk of Arsenic Trioxide drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Arsenic Trioxide is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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