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Leukemias, lymphomas, and other hematologic cancers
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Generic Name and Formulations:

Busulfan 6mg/mL; soln for IV administration after dilution.

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Indications for BUSULFEX:

In combination with cyclophosphamide, as a conditioning regimen prior to allogeneic hematopoietic progenitor cell transplantation for chronic myelogenous leukemia.


See full labeling. Premedicate with anticonvulsants and antiemetics. Give by IV infusion over 2 hours. 0.8mg/kg of ideal body weight or actual body weight, whichever is lower, every 6 hours for 4 days for total of 16 doses (on Days -7, -6, -5, and -4). Give cyclophosphamide after the 16th dose of busulfan (Days -3 and -2). Give hematopoietic progenitor cells on Day 0. Obese: base dose on adjusted ideal body weight.


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Risk of severe and prolonged myelosuppression; requires hematopoietic progenitor cell transplantation. Seizure disorder. Head trauma. Renal or hepatic impairment. Monitor CBCs with differential, platelet counts, liver enzymes, bilirubin during treatment and until recovery. Monitor for infection and bleeding. Embryo-fetal toxicity. Pregnancy. Use effective contraception during and after treatment. Nursing mothers: not recommended.


Potentiated by itraconazole and acetaminophen. May be antagonized by phenytoin. Caution with potentially epileptogenic drugs.

Pharmacological Class:

Alkylating agent.

Adverse Reactions:

Myelosuppression, nausea, stomatitis, vomiting, anorexia, diarrhea, insomnia, fever, hypomagnesemia, abdominal pain, anxiety, headache, hyperglycemia, hypokalemia; seizures (with higher doses), hepatic veno-occlusive disease (with high AUC), cardiac tamponade (in pediatric patients with thalassemia), cellular dysplasia; rare: bronchopulmonary dysplasia with pulmonary fibrosis.

How Supplied:

Single-use vials (10mL)—8