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 is used to lower the number of blood cells in people who have diseases such as leukemia and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
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
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug
Reference is not available in all systems.)
Busulfan should be used only under
the supervision of a
medical oncologist or
not be able to become pregnant or father a child after taking busulfan. Talk to
your doctor about this before starting treatment.
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
Complete the new medication information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you understand this medication.
CitationsLiesveld JL, Lichtman MA (2010). Chronic myelogenous leukemia and related disorders. In K Kaushanksy et al., eds., Williams Hematology, 8th ed., pp. 1331–1379. New York: McGraw-Hill.
December 17, 2010
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Brian Leber, MDCM, FRCPC - Hematology
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