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Levamisole

Molecule Description

Levamisole is a medicine used in the treatment of cancer of the large intestine ...
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    Uses
    Contraindications
    Side effects
    Precautions and Warnings
    Mode of Action
    Interactions
    Dietary Restrictions
    Dosage
    FAQs
    References
uses

Uses of Levamisole

It is used for the treatment of cancer of the colon (large intestine).
contraindications

Contraindications of Levamisole

When should one not use Levamisole

  • History of pre-existing blood disorders
  • Severe kidney problems
  • Swelling (inflammation) of joints
sideEffects

Side effects of Levamisole

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Nausea, vomiting and metallic taste in the mouth
  • Diarrhea
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Dizziness
  • Joint pains
  • Skin rash
  • Sleep troubles and nightmares.
  • Some serious side effects:
  • Itching, hives, rash
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • Fever, and chills
  • Black stools or blood in urine
  • Back pain
  • Difficult urination
  • Blurred vision
  • Convulsions
precautionsAndWarnings

Precautions and Warnings of Levamisole

pregnancy

Pregnancy

Q:
Can I take Levamisole during pregnancy?
A:
It is advisable to avoid taking Levamisole during pregnancy.
breastfeeding

Breast Feeding

Q:
Can I take Levamisole while breastfeeding?
A:
It is advisable to avoid taking Levamisole during pregnancy breastfeeding as it may pass into breast milk.
driving

Driving

Q:
Can I drive if I have consumed Levamisole?
A:
Some people may feel dizzy or tired while taking this medicine. Do not drive unless you are feeling well.
alcohol

Alcohol

Q:
Can I consume alcohol with Levamisole?
A:
This medicine should not be consume with alcohol as it may increase risk of some side effects.
otherGeneralWarnings

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
Check with your doctor on the progress of the treatment on how the medicine is working or affecting you, also monitor for any side effects.
modeOfAction

Mode of Action of Levamisole

How Does It Work?

Levamisole controls the spread of cancer cells in colon cancer, thereby controlling the cancer growth and spread.
interactions

Interactions of Levamisole

Interactions with other medicines

  • Levamisole can cause serious problems when taken with few medicines at the same time
  • Inform your physician if you are receiving or have recently taken any of the following medicines-
  • Fluorouracil
  • Tegafur
  • Doxifluridine
  • Warfarin
  • Capecitabine
  • BCG vaccine
  • Live polio vaccine
  • Typhoid vaccine
  • Influenza virus vaccine

Interactions with food items

No specific interactions with food have been reported yet. Drink plenty of liquids to prevent dehydration. Tobacco and alcohol should be avoided when taking this medicine.
dietaryRestrictions

Dietary Restrictions of Levamisole

No information is available on dietary restrictions while you are taking Levamisole, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information.
dosage

Dosage of Levamisole

Overdose

If you happen to take an overdose of the medicine, seek emergency medical care immediately. The effects of an overdose may be lethal and need immediate medical attention. Symptoms include nausea, vomi...
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Missed a Dose

If you missed any dose of medicine, take it as soon as you remember. If it's time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dos...
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Content Details

WRITTEN BY
doctor

Dr. Rukman Mecca

MBBS, MD (Community Medicine)

REVIEWED BY
doctor

Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Q: What should I discuss with my healthcare expert before taking Levamisole?

A: Inform the doctor about your detailed medical and surgical history. The dose needs to be carefully worked out. The risk of taking medication needs to be weighed against its beneficial effects. The doctor decides the exact dose after due consideration of your health status, severity of the disease, and other such parameters.

Q: When and how to consume the medicine?

A: Levamisole should be taken in the exact dose as advised by the physician. Do not take more than the recommended dose of this medicine, as overdose of Levamisole can cause serious problems. Take Levamisole with a full glass of water. Drink plenty of liquids to prevent dehydration.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)

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