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Safe Handling of Oral Cytotoxic and Caution Medications

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Oral cytotoxic or “caution” medications Adult, Cancer-related, Children

Safe Handling of Oral Cytotoxic and Caution Medications - What is it for

Medications under the Cytotoxic category interfere with division of body cells. Prolonged exposure or exposure to large amount of cytotoxic drugs can lead to serious harmful effects to the normal body cells e.g. blood cells and cells lining the stomach and intestines.

Medications under the “Caution” category are those which can cause health problems such as airway irritation, irregular heartbeat and in some cases, increase the possibility of abnormal development in embryo/fetus

These medications can be used to treat a variety of diseases. Exposure to these agents may cause irritation to the skin, eyes or mucous membrane. Hence, special precaution should be taken while handling cytotoxic/caution medications.

Safe Handling of Oral Cytotoxic and Caution Medications - Additional Information

  • Updated on Friday, October 6, 2017
  • Article contributed by Pharmacy Department KK Women's and Children's Hospital

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