Arsenic

Brand Names

Trisenox (There may be other brand names for this medication)

How is it Administered?

Your medicine will be injected into a vein (intravenous/IV), usually over a 1-4 hour period of time.

What is it Used For?

This drug is used to treat acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), multiple myeloma, chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), and acute myelogenous leukemia (AML).

How Does it Work?

Arsenic is a basic element of nature. It combines with other elements to form inorganic or organic compounds, but it cannot be destroyed in the environment.

Arsenic trioxde slows or stops the growth of cancer cells, though the exact mechanism of how it works against leukemia is not completely understood.

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