Methotrexate is often a necessary medication to treat different types of cancers. However, too much methotrexate can lead to uncomfortable or dangerous side effects. Patients who receive high doses of methotrexate may benefit from also taking medication to counter the side effects.
Your Doctor May Prescribe Khapzory or Fusilev
After high doses of methotrexate, medications known as folate analogs can help counter the effects. Specifically, doctors may prescribe levoleucovorin, either as Khapzory or Fusilev, in the following situations:
- For rescue after a high dose of methotrexate treatment in patients with osteosarcoma
- To lower the toxicity associated with impaired methotrexate elimination
- For other uses as approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Khapzory and Fusilev also have potential side effects of their own, which must be weighed against the methotrexate side effects you may experience.
High Doses of Methotrexate Can Lead to Injury
One of the most significant injuries associated with high doses of methotrexate is acute kidney injury. If your kidneys don’t work properly, your body can’t get rid of waste as it should, and you may suffer significant health problems or death.
Sometimes high levels of methotrexate are necessary to treat cancer, and precautions, such as other medications, should be provided to decrease the likelihood of methotrexate toxicity. When other drugs are not provided or when too high a dose of methotrexate is prescribed or administered, you may be the one left to suffer the significant health consequences or to mourn the loss of your loved one.
The harm that has been done cannot be undone, but you can protect your legal rights by holding the right medical professionals accountable and recovering financial compensation for your past and future healthcare costs, lost income, out-of-pocket expenses, physical pain, emotional suffering, and other damages.
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