Arsenic Trioxide

Other Names

Trisenox® (There may be other names for this medication.)

How is it Administered?

Your medicine will be infused into a vein (intravenous/IV), usually over 1-2 hours. The infusion may be given over 4 hours if a patient reacts to the infusion with a drop in blood pressure and lightheadedness.

Why am I Receiving Arsenic Trioxide?

This drug is used to treat acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). It may also be used in the treatment of multiple myeloma, chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), and acute myelogenous leukemia (AML).

How Does it Work?

Arsenic trioxide slows or stops the growth of cancer cells, though it is not known exactly how it works against leukemia.

Arsenic trioxide comes from arsenic, a basic element of nature. Arsenic combines with other elements to form inorganic or organic compounds, but it cannot be destroyed in the environment. It has been used for medical purposes for more than 2,000 years.

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