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About your treatment
Your doctor has ordered the drug dactinomycin to help treat your illness. The drug is given by injection into a vein.
This medication is used to treat:
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Dactinomycin is a type of antibiotic that is only used in cancer chemotherapy. It slows or stops the growth of cancer cells in your body. The length of treatment depends on the types of drugs you are taking, how well your body responds to them, and the type of cancer you have.
Other uses for this medicine
Dactinomycin also is used to treat various sarcomas, carcinomas, and adenocarcinomas. It also has been used to treat Kaposi's sarcoma; to manage acute organ rejection in patients with kidney or heart transplants; in the treatment of malignant melanoma, acute lymphocytic leukemia, and advanced tumors of the breast and ovary; and in the treatment of Paget's disease. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this drug for your condition.
Before taking dactinomycin,
Side effects from dactinomycin are common and include:
Tell your doctor if either of these symptoms is severe or lasts for several hours:
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT