Medicines information

The information in this section describes medicines, how they are given and some of their possible side effects.

If you have any questions or concerns about medications, please ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

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Melphalan

Melphalan is a chemotherapy medicine used before bone marrow transplant or high dose therapy with stem cell rescue to help treat certain types of cancer, immunology and metabolic conditions.

Special handling requirements for oral cytotoxics and immunosuppressant medicines

Cytotoxic medicines are used to kill or damage abnormal cells. There are many different kinds with many different uses. This information from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) describes how oral cytotoxic and immunosuppressant medicines should be given. It also provides advice on how to handle these medicines safely.

Temozolomide

Temozolomide is a chemotherapy drug used to treat certain types of cancer. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains what temozolomide is, how it is given and some of the possible side effects.

Spironolactone

Spironolactone belongs to a group of medicines called diuretics. It is commonly used alongside another medicine called furosemide to reduce fluid overload, so reducing the amount of work the heart has to do to pump blood around the body.

What to expect from a non-medical prescriber

Since May 2006, some nurses and pharmacists have been allowed to prescribe medicines that were previously only allowed to be prescribed by doctors. Non-medical prescribing has been introduced to improve patients’ access to treatment – that is, making it easier for you to get the medicines you need for your child. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about the process.