Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Melanoma, Soft tissue sarcoma
Adult: Upper extremity perfusions: 0.6-1 mg/kg. Lower extremity perfusions: 0.8-1.5 mg/kg (in melanoma) or 1-1.4 mg/kg (in sarcoma).

Multiple myeloma
Adult: 400 mcg/kg or 16 mg/m2 infused over 15-20 min. First 4 doses may be given every 2 wk and further doses given every 4 wk depending on toxicity. High-dose regimen: 100-200 mg/m2 followed by autologous stem cell rescue which is essential if doses exceed 140 mg/m2, to be given through a central venous catheter.

Ovarian adenocarcinoma
Adult: 1 mg/kg as a single dose repeated in 4 wk if platelet and neutrophil counts permit. May be infused in sodium chloride 0.9% or inj into the tubing of a fast-running drip.

Adult: High-dose regimen: 100-240 mg/m2 followed by autologous stem cell rescue which is essential if doses are >140 mg/m2. Give through a central venous catheter.

Ovarian carcinoma
Adult: 200 mcg/kg daily for 5 days every 4-8 wk.

Breast cancer
Adult: 150 mcg/kg daily or 6 mg/m2 daily for 5 days, repeated every 6 wk.

Polycythemia vera
Adult: 6-10 mg daily for 5-7 days; 2-4 mg daily for remission induction. Maintenance dose: 2-6 mg wkly.

Multiple myeloma
Adult: 150 mcg/kg daily in divided doses for 4-7 days or 250 mcg/kg daily for 4 days or 6 mg daily for 2-3 wk. Usually combined with corticosteroids. Follow treatment course by a rest period of up to 6 wk to allow haematologic recovery. Then repeat the course or start maintenance treatment with 1-3 mg or up to 50 mcg/kg daily. For optimal effect, adjust therapy to produce moderate leucopenia (WBC counts of 3,000-3,500 cells/mm3).
Renal Impairment
Reduce dose by 50%.
Multiple myeloma: Conventional dose: Reduce dose by 50%. High-dose regimen: Not recommended in moderate to severe impairment.
Ovarian adenocarcinoma: Reduce dose by 50%.
Neuroblastoma: High-dose regimen: Not recommended in moderate to severe impairment.
Dose reduction may be required.
Should be taken on an empty stomach. Take 1 hr before or 2 hr after meals.
Inj must be prepared fresh. Keep to a minimum (<60 min) the time between reconstitution/dilution and admin. Dissolve powder initially with diluent 10 ml to a concentration of 5 mg/ml. Shake vigorously to dissolve. Immediately dilute in 250-500 ml normal saline to a concentration of 0.1-0.45 mg/ml.
Dextrose 5% in water, Lactated Ringer's; variable stability in normal saline.
Hypersensitivity. Severe bone marrow suppression. Pregnancy.
Special Precautions
Renal impairment. Lactation. Prior bone marrow suppression, prior chemotherapy or irradiation. May mask signs of infection e.g. fever and increased WBC. Elderly.
Adverse Reactions
Diarrhoea, stomatitis, vomiting; haemolytic anaemia, vasculitis, pulmonary fibrosis, hepatic disorders, suppression of ovarian function in premenopausal women, temporary or permanent sterility in male patients. Allergic reactions.
Potentially Fatal: Bone marrow suppression. Secondary malignancy, cardiac arrest. Anaphylaxis.
IV/Parenteral/PO: D
Symptoms: Hypocalcaemia, hyponatraemia, pulmonary fibrosis, severe nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea, GI haemorrhage, mucositis, stomatitis, bone marrow suppression. Deaths have been reported (IV). Management: Symptomatic and supportive. Closely monitor haematologic function for 3-6 wk. Growth factor support, transfusions and antibiotics may be considered. Not removed by haemodialysis.
Drug Interactions
Potentially Fatal: Fatal haemorrhagic enterocolitis with concurrent nalidixic acid in children. Potentiates risk of renal damage with ciclosporin.
Food Interaction
Food significantly reduces oral absorption. Avoid excessive alcohol intake.
Lab Interference
False-positive Coombs' test.
Description: Melphalan, a mechlorethamine derivative, is an alkylating antineoplastic agent. It forms carbonium ions, resulting in DNA and RNA synthesis inhibition. It cross-links DNA strands and acts on both resting and rapidly dividing tumour cells.
Absorption: Variable absorption from the GI tract; absorption reduced by food (oral).
Distribution: Rapid throughout body water. Protein-binding: 50-60%, mainly to albumin.
Metabolism: Inactivated by hydrolysis.
Excretion: Via urine (10%, as unchanged drug); 30-150 min (terminal half-life).
Store at room temperature (15-30°C). Protect from light.
Store in a refrigerator at 2-8°C (36-46°F). Protect from light.
MIMS Class
Cytotoxic Chemotherapy
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