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General Information
Brand names and manufacturer
Type: OTC/Prescription/schedule

What should I know before taking this drug
Dosage information
Adverse reactions
Additional information if any

Ifex-M (Biochem)
Ifocip (Cipla)

Ifosfamide is a prescription drug available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner.

Ifosfamide is pronounced as: eye FOS fah mide

Ifosfamide is an anti cancer drug.

Ifosfamide is used to treat the testicular, lung, sarcoma, cervix cancer. Ifosfamide works by interfering the growth of cancer cells and prevents the spread of infection. 

  • Take ifosfamide exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions ask your pharmacist, nurse or doctor to explain them to you.
  • Ifosfamide is usually given by injection to vein by your doctor who is specialized in cancer treatment.
  • Ifosfamide should be inspected visually for particulate matter prior to administration. Preparations of ifosfamide containing visibly opaque particles should not be used.
  • Do not use the ifosfamide in larger amounts or for longer duration than recommended by your doctor or do not stop taking the medication with out consulting your doctor.
  • Always remember to inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are currently taking any OTC drugs or prescription drugs like
    1. Digoxin
    2. Any other anticancer drugs
  • This may not be the complete list of drugs interact with ifosfamide, ask your pharmacist if any other drugs interact with this medication.
  • Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any of the following medical conditions as ifosfamide should be cautiously used.
    1. Liver disease
    2. Kidney disease
    3. Blood disorder
    4. If you had a radiation therapy

When not to take ifosfamide

Do not ifosfamide if you are suffering from severe blood disorder like low platelet count and low WBC count.

What are the precautions I should follow for ifosfamide?

Old people:
Pregnant woman: Ifosfamide belongs to FDA pregnancy category D. This means that ifosfamide can harm an unborn baby and cause birth defects if used during pregnancy. Do not use ifosfamide with out your doctor consent however its use is justified if the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.

Lactating women: Ifosfamide passes into breast milk and harm nursing baby. Do not use ifosfamide with out the consent from your doctor if you are breastfeeding your child.

Ifosfamide is available in the form of injection.

Use ifosfamide as directed by your physician, your physician prescribes depending on the severity of disease. Use the complete course of medication as prescribed by your physician even though you feel better after one or two days of usage of medication.

If it is almost the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses of ifosfamide at same time to cover up the missed dose.

In case of overdose of ifosfamide contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency medical centre for immediate care by physician.

The following are the side effects you may experience with ifosfamide

  • Nausea, vomiting and stomach pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Hair loss

If you experience any of the following side affects stop the ifosfamide medication and consult your doctor immediately

  • Severe nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Bone marrow depression
  • Allergic reaction like difficult breathing and swelling of face and lips

Store ifosfamide at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed off safely.

  • Laboratory tests like complete blood count and kidney, liver function tests need to do to monitor the adverse effects of ifosfamide.

It is imp to read manufacturing packaging instruction carefully if available and always do not hesitate to consult pharmacist or physician for any information. 

Written by: healthplus24 team
Date last updated: May 31, 2012