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.
Alkeran, Alkeran I.V.
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)
unusual bleeding or bruising
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:
Nausea and vomiting
(oral tablet, intravenous powder for injection)