dexrazoxane - injection, Zinecard
GENERIC NAME: DEXRAZOXANE - INJECTION (dex-razz-OX-ane)
BRAND NAME(S): Zinecard
USES: This medication is used to reduce the risk of heart damage from doxorubicin, an anticancer medication. Dexrazoxane is known as a chelating agent. It is believed to work by preventing the release of certain chemicals (iron-mediated free radicals) in the body. These chemicals are thought to be part of the reason why doxorubicin (and similar drugs known as anthracyclines) causes damage to the heart. Dexrazoxane also allows your oncologist (cancer doctor) to treat you longer with doxorubicin as part of your cancer treatment.The manufacturer recommends that dexrazoxane should not be given with the first dose of doxorubicin. It is believed that the beneficial effects of doxorubicin may be decreased if it is given with the first dose of doxorubicin. Talk to your oncologist for more details.
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