This medication decreases bone marrow function, an effect that may lead to a low number of blood cells such as red cells, white cells, and platelets. This effect can cause anemia, decrease your body's ability to fight an infection, or cause easy bruising/bleeding. A certain lab test (complete blood count) should be done while you are using this medication. Tell your doctor right away if you develop any of the following symptoms: unusual tiredness, pale skin, signs of infection (such as sore throat that doesn't go away, fever, chills), easy bruising/bleeding. See also How to Use and Side Effects sections.
Although thiotepa is used to treat cancer, in some people this medication may also increase the risk of developing another form of cancer. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of this medication.
How to use Thiotepa Vial
This medication is given by injection into a vein by a health care professional. Sometimes, thiotepa is injected directly into the tumor. Tell your doctor or nurse right away if you experience pain, burning, or redness at the injection site.
For treatment of bladder cancer, thiotepa is usually given into the bladder through a tube (catheter). Your doctor may direct you to limit fluids for 8 to 12 hours before the medication is given. The solution is usually left in place for 2 hours and then drained out through the bladder tube. Your doctor may direct you to change positions every 15 minutes while the solution is in your bladder to make sure the solution treats all parts of your bladder.
If you are using this medication to prevent rejection of a stem cell transplant, you should receive 2 doses of this medication 12 hours apart. During treatment, skin problems may occur. To reduce the risk of skin problems, shower or bathe with water and change any bandages or dressings at least twice a day until 48 hours after stopping treatment. Also, change your bed sheets daily while receiving treatment. See also Side Effects section.
The dosage and how often the medication is given is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Your doctor will do blood tests (complete blood count) to find the right dose for you. Your next dose may need to be rescheduled if your white blood cell count or platelets are too low.
Learn how to handle, use, and discard chemotherapy and medical supplies safely. Consult your pharmacist. Wear gloves and wash your hands carefully after handling this drug. Avoid getting this medication in your eyes or on your skin. If the medication gets in your eye, wash the affected eye(s) well with water and contact your doctor. If the medication gets on your skin, wash the area well with soap and water.
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