Floxuridine powder for injection is a drug used within oncology that belongs to the class known as antimetabolites, as it works by interfering with the metabolism and growth of cells. Floxuridine also prevents the production of DNA in cells, this occurs when cancer cells take up floxuridine, which in turn slows down or stops the growth of cancer cells in the body.
It is effective in the palliative management of hepatic metastases of colorectal and gastric cancers and is administered via continuous regional intra-arterial infusion (injected directly into the artery that carries blood to the liver or the abdominal cavity).
Note that it is only for use in selected patients who are considered incurable by surgery or other means.
As with all pharmaceuticals, some unwanted effects can occur from the use of floxuridine. Always consult a doctor or health care professional for medical advice before use. Common side effects include, but may not be limited to diarrhea, stomach pain, sores in mouth or lips, nausea and vomiting. Seek medical attention if the following develop: blood in urine, cough, fever, trouble in walking, unusual bleeding.
For a comprehensive list of all possible effects, consult your doctor.
If any symptom persists or gets worse, or you notice any other symptom, then please call your doctor immediately.