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Ethyol (amifostine)

Company: US Bioscience, Alza
Approval Status: Approved June 1999
Treatment for: Oncology
Areas: Diabetes / Endocrinology; Cancer & Oncology; ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat)
Possible similar drugs: Ethyol

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General Information

Ethyol has been approved to reduce xerostomia in patients undergoing post-operative radiation treatment for head and neck cancer, where the radiation port includes a substantial portion of the parotid glands. Xerostomia--a chronic dry mouth condition--is a severe and often irreversible side effect of radiation therapy caused by damage to the salivary glands.

Side Effects

Side effects of Ethyol plus radiation in a Phase III study included nausea and vomiting which were sometimes severe. Side effects also included hypotension, fever, allergic-type skin reactions, dizziness/lightheadedness, fatigue/lethargy, rigors/chills, sneezing, sleepiness/somnolence, and flushing.

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Ethyol Drug Information

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