Uses

This medication is used to treat Hodgkin's disease (also known as Hodgkin's lymphoma). Procarbazine belongs to a class of drugs known as alkylating agents. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells.

How to use Procarbazine Capsule

See also Precautions and Drug Interactions sections.

Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking procarbazine and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Take this medication as directed by your doctor, usually once or twice daily. It is usually taken for a 2-week period, then stopped for a time and repeated. This is called a treatment cycle. Do not chew or crush the capsules before swallowing. To reduce your risk of side effects, your doctor may direct you to start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase your dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.

The dosage is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, age, body size, and other medications you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day.

To prevent a very serious high blood pressure reaction, it is very important that you follow a special diet recommended by your doctor or dietician to limit your intake of tyramine while you are taking this medicine. Avoid foods and beverages that are high in tyramine, including aged cheeses, dried/aged meats and sausages (such as salami, liverwurst), preserved fish (such as pickled herring), products that contain large amounts of yeast (such as bouillon cubes, powdered soup/gravy, homemade or sourdough bread), fermented foods (such as sauerkraut, kim chee), most soybean products (such as soy sauce, tofu), broad/fava beans, red wine, sherry, tap beers, and vermouth. Consult your doctor or dietician for more details and a complete list of other foods that contain tyramine which you should limit or avoid. See also Side Effects section.

Do not stop taking this medication, even if you have nausea. If you vomit soon after taking a dose, contact your doctor right away for instructions.

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