Levamisole

Name: Levamisole

Levamisole Interactions

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take:

  • ANISINDIONE/LEVAMISOLE
  • DICUMAROL/LEVAMISOLE
  • LEVAMISOLE/PHENPROCOUMON
  • LEVAMISOLE/WARFARIN

This is not a complete list of Levamisoledrug interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Levamisole Dosage

Take levamisole exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.

The Levamisole dose your doctor recommends will be based on the following (use any or all that apply):

  • the condition being treated
  • other medical conditions you have
  • other medications you are taking
  • how you respond to this medication
  • your weight
  • your height
  • your age
  • your gender

Levamisole is available in the following doses:

  • Levamisole 50 Mg Oral Tablet

Uses For levamisole

Levamisole is used with another cancer medicine (fluorouracil) to help make it work better against cancer of the colon.

Levamisole is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Proper Use of levamisole

Take levamisole only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less of it, and do not take it more often than your doctor ordered. The exact amount of medicine you need has been carefully worked out. Taking too much may increase the chance of side effects, while taking too little may not improve your condition.

If you vomit shortly after taking a dose of levamisole, check with your doctor. You will be told whether to take the dose again or to wait until the next scheduled dose.

Dosing

The dose of levamisole will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of levamisole. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of levamisole, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Precautions While Using levamisole

It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits to make sure that levamisole is working properly and to check for unwanted effects.

levamisole Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Less common
  • Fever or chills
  • unusual feeling of discomfort or weakness
Rare
  • Black, tarry stools
  • blood in urine or stools
  • cough or hoarseness
  • lower back or side pain
  • painful or difficult urination
  • pinpoint red spots on skin
  • unusual bleeding or bruising

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

Less common
  • Sores in mouth and on lips
Rare
  • Blurred vision
  • confusion
  • convulsions (seizures)
  • lip smacking or puffing
  • numbness, tingling, or pain in face, hands, or feet
  • paranoia (feelings of persecution)
  • puffing of cheeks
  • rapid or worm-like movements of tongue
  • trembling or shaking
  • trouble in walking
  • uncontrolled movements of arms and legs

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common
  • Diarrhea
  • metallic taste
  • nausea
Less common
  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • mental depression
  • nightmares
  • pain in joints or muscles
  • skin rash or itching
  • trouble in sleeping
  • unusual tiredness or sleepiness
  • vomiting

Levamisole may cause a temporary loss of hair in some people. After treatment has ended, normal hair growth should return.

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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