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Procarbazine

Examples

Generic NameBrand Name
procarbazineMatulane

Procarbazine is given in pill form.

How It Works

Procarbazine is classified as an alkylating agent. It causes cell death by interfering with the way genetic material (DNA) in the cell multiplies.

Why It Is Used

Procarbazine is used to treat leukemia and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. It may also be used to treat other kinds of cancer.

How Well It Works

Procarbazine is an effective treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Side Effects

Side effects of procarbazine are common, generally mild, and may include:

Women who take this medicine may experience menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes and vaginal dryness.

See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)

What To Think About

Procarbazine should be given only under the supervision of a medical oncologist or hematologist.

Procarbazine can affect your ability to have children. You may not be able to become pregnant or father a child after taking procarbazine. Discuss fertility with your doctor before starting treatment with this medicine.

Procarbazine can cause birth defects. Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant or wish to become pregnant or father a child while you are taking it.

Complete the new medication information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you understand this medication.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerDouglas A. Stewart, MD - Medical Oncology
Last RevisedMarch 29, 2012

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: March 29, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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