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Back to Alkylating Agents


Melphalan, L-PAM, L-Sarcolysin, Phenylalanine mustard

Pregnancy Category D

Drug classes

Alkylating Agent

Mechanism of action

A derivative of mechlorethamine that inhibits DNA and RNA synthesis via formation of carbonium ions; cross-links strands of DNA.


Palliative treatment of:

  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Ovarian adenocarcinoma
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Breast cancer


  • Hypersensitivity to the drug
  • Myelosuppression
  • Pregnancy
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Adverse effects

  • Hematology:  Myelosuppression especially leukocytic count and platelets, hemolytic anemia
  • GIT: emetogenic potential: <100mg/m2 low, >100mg/m2 high, mucositis (rare), diarrhea (rare)
  • Skin: Alopecia, pruritis, rash, vesicular eruptions
  • Respiratory: interstitial fibrosis, pneumonitis
  • CVS: Vasculitis
  • Endocrine: Amenorrhea, sterility, SIADH
  • Other: 2ry leukemia, hypersensitivity, hemorrhagic cystits, transaminases increase, hepatitis

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