MESNA (MES na) is used to prevent bleeding from the bladder during treatment with ifosfamide. This medicine does not reduce the chance of getting other side effects of cancer chemotherapy.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
autoimmune disease like lupus, nephritis, or rheumatoid arthritis
uncontrolled nausea and vomiting
an unusual or allergic reaction to mesna, sulfur medicines, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. For best results take this medicine at the exact times that your doctor tells you to. If you need to you may split tablets in half to get the right dose. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine 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 have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can and call your doctor. Do not take double or extra doses.
Interactions are not expected.
This list may not describe all possible interactions. 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.
Your doctor will follow your condition closely while you are taking this medicine. Tell your doctor right away if you see that your urine has turned a pink or red color.
It is important to drink at least a quart (4 cups) of fluids each day that you take this medicine.
If you vomit within 2 hours of taking this medicine, tell your doctor right away.
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
blood in your urine or pink to red colored urine
fever, chills, or sore throat
flushing or redness to skin
swelling of ankles, feet
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
aches and pains
bad taste in mouth
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
an unusual or allergic reaction to mesna, benzyl alcohol, sulfur medicines, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
This does not apply.
pain or redness at site where injected
swelling of ankles or feet
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.