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by Badash M
 
The information provided here is meant to give you a general idea about each of the medications listed below. Only the most general side effects are included. Ask your doctor if you need to take any special precautions. Use each of these medications only as recommended by your doctor, and according to the instructions provided. If you have further questions about usage or side effects, contact your doctor.
Some medications can be used as part of a treatment plan. Other medications may help to either prevent or reduce side effects of treatments, or to manage certain side effects once they occur. You can develop side effects from the treatment and/or from the cancer itself. Tell your doctor when you notice a new symptom, and ask if any of these medications are appropriate for you.

Prescription Medications

  • Bevacizumab (Avastin)
  • Cetuximab (Erbitux)
  • Panitumumab (Vectibix)
  • Prochlorperazine (Compazine)
  • Ondansetron (Zofran)
  • Granisetron (Kytril)
  • Metoclopramide (Octamide, Metoclopramide Intensol, Reglan)
  • Dronabinol (Marinol)
  • Dexamethasone
  • Prednisone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Hydromorphone
  • Oxycodone
  • Filgrastim (Neupogen)
  • Epoetin (Epogen, Procrit)

Over-the-Counter Medications

  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Bayer Select Ibuprofen, Dolgesic, Excedrin IB, Genpril, Haltran, Ibifon, Ibren, Ibu, Ibuprin, Ibuprohm, Medipren, Midol IB, Motrin, Nuprin, Q-Profen, Rufen, Trendar)
  • Naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprelan, Naprosyn)

Prescription Medications

 

References


Colon cancer treatment. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/colon/Patient . Accessed May 14, 2013.


Colorectal cancer. American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003096-pdf.pdf . Updated January 17, 2013. Accessed May 14, 2013.


Colorectal cancer. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php . Updated May 3, 2013. Accessed May 14, 2013.


Rectal cancer treatment. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/rectal/Patient . Accessed May 14, 2013.

 

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