Generic Name: mechlorethamine, Topical gel

VALCHLOR

All Brands

  • VALCHLOR
SECTION 1 of 4

Highlights for mechlorethamine

Topical gel
1
MECHLORETHAMINE (me klor ETH a meen) topical gel is a chemotherapy drug that is used to treat mycosis fungoides which is a type of skin lymphoma.
2
This drug also comes in other forms, including Parenteral Solution
3 4 5
Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions.
6
Know what to watch for and get tips for reducing your risks while taking this drug.
SECTION 2 of 4

mechlorethamine Side Effects

Topical gel

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • severe redness, blistering, or swelling of the skin
  • skin infection

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

  • darkening of skin color
SECTION 3 of 4

mechlorethamine May Interact with Other Medications

Topical gel

Interactions are not expected with this medicine.

Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

SECTION 4 of 4

How to Use mechlorethamine

Topical gel

This medicine is for external use only. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Apply to completely dry skin at least 4 hours before or 30 minutes after showering or washing. Wash hands before and after use. Caregivers should wear disposable gloves to apply medicine. Avoid applying this medicine inside your eyes, nose, and mouth. Allow skin to dry for 5 to 10 minutes before covering with clothing. You may apply moisturizers to treated areas 2 hours before or 2 hours after applying this medicine. Do not wear air or water tight coverings over affected skin area. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to mechlorethamine, other chemotherapy, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding
What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, only use that dose. Do not apply extra doses.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

This medicine can transfer from your body to others. If a person or pet comes in contact with the area where this medicine was applied to your skin, they may have a serious risk of side effects. If you cannot avoid skin-to-skin contact with another person, make sure the site where this medicine was applied is covered with clothing. If accidental contact happens, the skin of the person or pet should be washed right away with soap and water.

Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water.

Talk to your doctor about your risk of cancer. You may be more at risk for certain types of cancers if you take this medicine.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store between 2 and 8 degrees C (36 and 46 degrees F). Keep this medicine in the original container. Use within 30 minutes of taking out of the refrigerator. Return the tube to the refrigerator after each use. Talk with your pharmacist if the tube has been out of the refrigerator for more than 1 hour a day. Throw away any unused medicine after 60 days.

This medicine is flammable. Avoid exposure to heat, fire, flame, and smoking.

Discard unused medicine and used packaging carefully.

Send us your feedback

Thank you.

Your message has been sent.

We're sorry, an error occurred.

We are unable to collect your feedback at this time. However, your feedback is important to us. Please try again later.

Last Updated: August 30, 2013

The Healthline Site, its content, such as text, graphics, images, search results, and other material contained on the Healthline Site ("Content"), its services, and any information or material posted on the Healthline Site by third parties are provided for informational purposes only. None of the foregoing is a substitute for professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on the Healthline Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Please read the Terms of Service for more information regarding use of the Healthline Site.
Content licensed by
Gold Standard Logo

Healthline - Gold Standard License

Terms of Use

Licensee provides access to Alchemy provided by Gold Standard, Inc. ("Gold Standard"). Although Gold Standard makes reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy and reliability of Alchemy, End User acknowledges and agrees that Licensee, its affiliates, and their respective officers, directors, employees and information providers and Gold Standard, its affiliates, its licensors, and their respective officers, directors, employees and information providers will not be held liable for any damages suffered or incurred by End User or any third person arising out of: a) any faults, interruptions or delays in Alchemy or its delivery, b) any use of or reliance on Alchemy by any person, or c) any inaccuracies, errors or omissions in Alchemy, irrespective of however such faults, interruptions, delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions arise. Gold Standard shall not be liable to End User for any loss, cost or damages resulting from any delays in delivery and/or non-delivery of Alchemy or its content. End User acknowledges and agrees that its sole and exclusive remedy in the event of such delay is to not accept these terms and conditions. Gold Standard does not represent or warrant that Alchemy will meet the objectives or needs of End User or any third party. Gold Standard makes no warranty of merchantability of Alchemy or of the fitness of Alchemy for any purpose.

About Gold Standard

The Gold Standard editorial staff develops clinically-based drug information content through an independent, peer-reviewed process. Content updates to the database include new FDA-approved drugs, new non-prescription and herbal therapies, newly published information regarding FDA label changes and relevant clinical studies affecting off-label utilization. Editors do not have any significant financial relationships with the industry that would introduce bias in the editing or review of database content.

Read this Next

Numbness, Muscle Pain and Other RA Symptoms
Numbness, Muscle Pain and Other RA Symptoms
The symptoms of RA are more than just joint pain and stiffness. Common symptoms include loss of feeling, muscle pain, and more. Learn more in this slideshow.
How to Evaluate Your Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Plan
How to Evaluate Your Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Plan
Every multiple sclerosis (MS) patient is different, and no single treatment plan works for everyone. Learn more about what to consider when evaluating your MS treatment plan.
The Best Multiple Sclerosis iPhone and Android Apps of the Year
The Best Multiple Sclerosis iPhone and Android Apps of the Year
These best multiple sclerosis apps provide helpful information and tools to keep track of your symptoms, including medication reminders.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement