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Busulfan is available as a pill you can swallow. It is also available in an IV form, used for stem cell transplants.
Busulfan is classified as an alkylating agent. It kills cells by interfering with the way they multiply.
Busulfan may help to gradually lower the blood counts for older people who have chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) but who cannot take other medicines or who are unable to maintain close and frequent medical supervision.1
Side effects are common with busulfan and may include:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
You may not be able to become pregnant or father a child after taking busulfan. Talk to your doctor about this before starting treatment.
Busulfan can cause birth defects. Do not use this drug if you are pregnant or wish to become pregnant or father a child while you are taking it.
Women who take this drug may experience symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
Last Revised: December 17, 2010
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