This is meant to give you a general idea about each of the medicines listed below. Only the most basic problems are listed. Ask your doctor if there are any other steps you need to take. Use each of them as your doctor tells you. If you have any questions or can’t follow the package instructions, call your doctor.
Medicines may help ease or prevent treatment side effects. It's best to try to control them as they happen. Talk to your doctor if you notice any changes.
These medicines ease inflammation and pain related to it. These problems can happen because of:
Fluid build-up in the body
Some problems are:
Nervousness or restlessness
Oxycodone and acetaminophen
Opioids ease pain by acting on the central nervous system. They can help but must be used with a doctor's care because they cause addiction.
An opioid mixed with acetaminophen may provide better pain relief than using either one alone. In some cases, lower doses of each medicine are needed for pain relief.
Some problems are:
Lightheadedness or feeling faint
Nausea or vomiting
Blood Stem Cell Support Drugs
When you're getting treated, blood cells can be destroyed. Filgrastim helps the bone marrow make new white blood cells. These will help you fight off or lower the risk of getting infections.
Epoetin helps your bone marrow to make new red blood cells (RBCs). Low RBCs can lead to
anemia. Epoetin helps lower this risk. It can take up to 2 weeks for it to work. If you need help faster, you may need a blood transfusion.
Pain in arms or legs
Pain in joints or muscles
Pain in lower back or pelvis
Skin rash or itching
Cough, sneezing, or sore throat
Swelling of face, fingers, ankles, feet, or lower legs
Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
NSAIDs ease inflammation and pain related to it. These problems can happen because of:
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