Welcome to the BMTInfonet Drug Database

This guide lists many of the drugs bone marrow, stem cell and cord blood transplants patients receive during treatment. It explains why they are used and some, but not allAcute lymphoblastic leukemia., of the possible side effects.

This guide should not be used as a substitute for a detailed discussion with your doctor and pharmacist about drugs you are being given. If you experience any side effect after taking the drug, even if they are not noted below, consult your doctor immediately.

Some of the drugs in this guide are also used outside the transplant setting. The descriptions of the drugs in this guide pertain only to their use in bone marrow, stem cell or cord blood transplantation.

If you are searching for a drug used by transplant patients and survivors that is not in this database, please contact us at drugdata@bmtinfonet.org.

This database was compiled under the direction of pharmacists knowledgeable about transplantation, but should not be construed as medical advice. Consult your doctor for information about how each drug might affect you.

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Dexamethasone


Trade Names: 
Decadron®
Trade Names: 
Dexasone®
Trade Names: 
Dexone®
Trade Names: 
Cortasta®
Trade Names: 
Hexadrol®

Possible Uses: 
Decrease inflammation, allergic reactions, nausea, vomiting. In allogeneic transplantation, used to prevent or treat graft-versus-host disease.

Possible Side Effects: 
Fluid retention, weight gain, increased blood sugars, increased blood pressure, restlessness, anxiety, trouble sleeping, increased appetite, indigestion, mood changes, acne, thinning of the skin, muscle cramps, dark stools, increased risk of fungal infection.
Last updated on 02/01/2010

Hydrocodone and acetaminophen


Trade Names: 
Vicodin®

Possible Uses: 
Relieve mild to moderate pain.

Possible Side Effects: 
Constipation, confusion, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, itching, decreased respiration.
Last updated on 02/01/2010

Hydrocortisone


Trade Names: 
Solu-cortef®

Possible Uses: 
Decrease inflammation, decrease or stop allergic reactions, decrease nausea and vomiting. In allogeneic transplants, may be used to treat or prevent graft-versus-host disease.

Possible Side Effects: 
Fluid retention, weight gain, increased blood sugars, increased blood pressure, restlessness, anxiety, trouble sleeping, increased appetite, indigestion, mood changes, acne, thinning of the skin, muscle cramps, dark stools, increased risk of fungal infection.
Last updated on 02/01/2010

Hydromorphone


Trade Names: 
Dilaudid®

Possible Uses: 
Relieve severe pain.

Possible Side Effects: 
Shortness of breath, rash, itching, slow, fast or irregular heartbeat, difficulty urinating, constipation, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, drowsiness, confusion, dizziness, headache, blurred vision, sweating, cold or clammy skin.
Last updated on 02/01/2010

Ibuprofen


Trade Names: 
Advil®
Trade Names: 
Haltran®
Trade Names: 
Medipren®
Trade Names: 
Motrin®
Trade Names: 
Nuprin®
Trade Names: 
Profen®
Trade Names: 
Rufen®

Possible Uses: 
Relieve minor pain and pain associated with inflammation.

Possible Side Effects: 
Nausea, vomiting, bloody urine, stool or vomit, rash, red peeling skin, swelling in face or around the eyes, reduced kidney function, poor platelet function, liver toxicity, stomach pain, dizziness, ringing in ears, swelling in feet or legs. Used only when absolutely necessary, and then with great care, due to bleeding risks.
Last updated on 02/01/2010

Topotecan


Trade Names: 
Hycamtin®

Possible Uses: 
A chemotherapy drug.

Possible Side Effects: 
Dizziness, trouble standing, ringing in ears, hearing trouble, rash, swollen face, throat or lips, breathing difficulties, decreased urine output, diarrhea, muscle twitching or weakness, nausea, upset stomach.
Last updated on 02/01/2010