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Lysodren

Generic name: mitotane (MYE toe tane)
Brand name: Lysodren
Drug class: Miscellaneous antineoplastics

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Mar 12, 2021. Written by Cerner Multum.

What is Lysodren?

Lysodren is used to treat cancer of the adrenal gland (adrenal cortical carcinoma).

Lysodren may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Warnings

You may need to take steroid medicine, or stop taking Lysodren for a short time if you have a serious injury or medical emergency. Your doctor will determine when you can start taking Lysodren again. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without advice from your doctor.

You must remain under the care of a doctor while taking Lysodren.

Before taking this medicine

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

Do not use Lysodren if you are pregnant. This medicine could harm the unborn baby or cause miscarriage or premature birth. Use effective birth control to prevent pregnancy while you are using this medicine.

Do not breastfeed while using this medicine.

Follow your doctor's instructions about how long to avoid pregnancy and breastfeeding after your treatment ends. Lysodren can stay in your bloodstream long after you stop using it.

How should I take Lysodren?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

You may need frequent medical tests. Even if you have no symptoms, tests can help your doctor determine if Lysodren is effective.

You may need to take steroid medicine, or stop taking Lysodren for a short time if you have a serious injury or medical emergency. Your doctor will determine when you can start taking this medicine again. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without advice from your doctor.

You must remain under the care of a doctor while taking Lysodren.

Store Lysodren at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Ask your pharmacist how to safely handle Lysodren tablets. You may need to wear latex gloves when handling this medicine. Do not use a broken tablet.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking Lysodren?

Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how Lysodren will affect you. Your reactions could be impaired.

Avoid activities that may increase your risk of bleeding or injury. Use extra care to prevent bleeding while shaving or brushing your teeth.

Lysodren side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • blurred or double vision;

  • confusion, problems with speech, balance, or walking;

  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;

  • pelvic pain, vaginal bleeding;

  • easy bruising or bleeding (nosebleeds, bleeding gums); or

  • any bleeding that will not stop.

Common side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect Lysodren?

Sometimes it is not safe to use certain medications at the same time. Some drugs can affect your blood levels of other drugs you take, which may increase side effects or make the medications less effective.

Other drugs may affect Lysodren, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.

Does Lysodren interact with my other drugs?

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Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.