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Dactinomycin

Pronounced

"dack-tin-oh-MY-sin"

Common brand names:

Cosmegen

Uses

Dactinomycin is used to treat cancer. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells.

How to Use This Medication

This medication is given by injection into a vein over 10 to 15 minutes by a health care professional as directed by your doctor, usually once daily for 1 to 5 days. If this medication accidentally leaks into surrounding tissue when being given, the skin and/or muscle may be severely damaged. Tell your doctor or nurse right away if you have pain, burning, redness, blistering, or irritation at the injection site.

Dosage is based on your medical condition, weight, body size, and response to treatment. Your doctor will order lab tests to make sure you can receive your next dose. Keep all medical/lab appointments.

Since this drug can be absorbed through the skin and lungs, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle this medication or breathe the dust from the powder.

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