It is used to lower the bad effects of some cancer drugs on the bladder.
Mesna binds with some cancer drugs in the bladder to lower their harmful effects.
It may be taken by mouth. It may be mixed with water, milk, juice, or a carbonated drink. It may be given as a shot. This drug is given with your cancer drugs. It may be given with your cancer drug and for 2 or more extra doses. This drug must be taken exactly as you have been told. Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.
Bad taste in your mouth. This most often goes back to normal. Loose stools (diarrhea). Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help. Belly pain. Cough. Irritation where the shot is given.
Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses. Call your doctor for an office visit.
If you have an allergy to mesna or any other part of this drug. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
Tell your doctor if you throw up within 2 hours of taking the oral drug. The dose may need to be repeated. If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away. Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Blood in the urine. Not able to pass urine. Any bruising or bleeding. Very bad dizziness or passing out. Very loose stools (diarrhea). Very upset stomach or throwing up. Any rash. Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.
Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs and food. - Taking them together can cause bad side effects. - Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. - Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Category C : Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
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