What is Fluorouracil?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Adrucil Carac Efudex Show all

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See also: CEF protocol Cyclophosphamide-methotrexate-fluorouracil (CMF) FAC protocol FEC-100 protocol FOLFIRI regimen

Fluorouracil is an antineoplastic agent used for the treatment of carcinomas of the breast, colon, head and neck, pancreas, rectum, or stomach; topically it is used for the management of actinic or solar keratoses and superficial basal cell carcinomas.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Basal cell skin cancer 3 1
Colon cancer 3 2
Cervical cancer 2 1
Esophageal cancer 2 0
Actinic keratosis 1 0
Breast cancer 1 0

Show all 11 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 3
Moderate 3
Mild 1
None 0

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fluorouracil

Side effect Patients
Burn 1
Fatigue 1
Headaches 1
Itching 1
Liver toxicity 1
Mouth sores (ulcers) 1

Show all 9 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fluorouracil

Dosage Patients
50 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Fluorouracil

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 10
Doctor's advice 3
Side effects too severe 1
See all 13 patients who've stopped taking Fluorouracil

Duration

Currently taking Fluorouracil

Duration Patients
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Fluorouracil

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 5
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 1
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 4
Not specified 2

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fluorouracil after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gemcitabine (Gemzar) 1
Imiquimod topical (Aldara) 1
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1 patient evaluation for Fluorouracil

Jul 1, 2009 (Started Jan 03, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Cancer)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (skin irritation, headaches, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Side effects: skin irritation, nausea, headaches

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