Melphalan is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.

Melphalan is used to treat multiple myeloma (a type of blood cancer) and cancer of the ovary.

Melphalan treats only the symptoms of ovarian cancer or multiple myeloma, but does not treat the cancer itself.

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  • Alkeran, Alkeran I.V.
  • 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
    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
    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
  • (oral tablet, intravenous powder for injection)