Treating symptoms of certain types of cancer (multiple myeloma, ovarian cancer). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Alkeran tablets are an alkylating agent. It works by destroying resting and rapidly dividing tumor cells in certain types of cancer.

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  • Alkeran
  • Severity: Major
    You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking melphalan:

    Less common:
    Black, tarry stools
    blood in urine or stools
    cough or hoarseness, accompanied by fever or chills
    fast or irregular heart beat
    fever or chills
    lower back or side pain, accompanied by fever or chills
    painful or difficult urination, accompanied by fever or chills
    pinpoint red spots on skin
    shortness of breath
    skin rash or itching (sudden)
    troubled breathing
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    Rare:
    Diarrhea
    difficulty swallowing
    joint pain
    redness and/or soreness in arm or leg
    sores in the mouth and on the lips
    swelling of the feet or lower legs
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with melphalan may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    Less common:
    Nausea and vomiting
  • (melphalan) tablet, film coated