Nitrogen Mustard

(NYE-tro-jin MUS-terd)

Nitrogen mustard (Mustargen) is a chemotherapy medicine used to treat cancer. It is also referred to as mechlorethamine (meh-klor-ETH-uh-meen). It is given through an injection into a vein.

  • Call your child's doctor if redness, pain or swelling develops around the IV site or in the area where the medication was given.
  • This medicine is only given in the hospital or clinic.
  • Low blood counts (decreased white blood cells needed to fight infection and decreased platelets that are necessary for proper blood clotting)
  • Hair loss
  • Menstrual changes
  • Diarrhea

Report to your child's doctor if nausea and / or vomiting continue for longer than 24 hours.

  • Redness or pain at the site or in the arm where the medication was given
  • Fever
  • Bleeding
  • Unusual bruising
  • Sore throat

Last Updated 12/2013