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What should I know about streptozocin before receiving it?

Before receiving streptozocin, you should know that this drug can cause failure of your kidneys or liver or serious problems in your bone marrow. Bone marrow problems can lead to low blood cell counts, resulting in anemia, easy bleeding or bruising and a higher risk of infections. Because of this, you should have regular blood tests to check the function of your kidneys, liver and bone marrow. Avoid activities that can cause you to get injured, avoid contact with people who have contagious infections and do not get vaccinated with a live vaccine. Avoid other medications that can cause kidney problems, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), cyclosporine, amphotericin B, and aminoglycoside antibiotics. Drinking plenty of fluids may lower your risk of developing kidney problems. Potentially life-threatening allergic reactions may also occur with streptozocin therapy.

Streptozocin may interact with cimetidine and doxorubicin. Cimetidine can increase the side effects of streptozocin, and streptozocin can increase the side effects of doxorubicin. If you have diabetes, you should know that streptozocin can interfere with your blood sugar levels. Streptozocin can cause drowsiness or confusion, so you should not do anything that requires you to be alert until you know how it affects you. Drowsiness and confusion may be greater if you take other substances that also cause these effects, such as alcohol and certain medications.

Streptozocin may increase your risk of developing another cancer in the future. Streptozocin can also cause damage to your unborn child if you receive it it while you are pregnant, so you should avoid becoming pregnant while you are taking streptozocin. You should not breastfeed while on streptozocin.

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