Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with dacarbazine include the following:
- This medication is given into a vein (an intravenous, or IV, injection) once a day. It is usually given for 5 to 10 days in a row, followed by a break in treatment. However, your healthcare provider may recommend other dosing schedules.
- Limiting your food intake four to six hours before receiving your dose may help reduce the risk of vomiting.
- The injection is normally given by a healthcare provider in a healthcare setting, such as a hospital or clinic.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
The dose of dacarbazine your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your weight and possibly height
- The reason you are using it
- How you respond to and tolerate the medication
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Dacarbazine Dosage for more information.)
Dacarbazine may react with several other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Dacarbazine).
An overdose with dacarbazine can cause dangerously low blood cell counts and other symptoms. Seek immediate medical attention if you may have been given too much of this medication.
(Click DTIC-Dome Overdose for more information.)