A Guide to Chemotherapy

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Can I take other medicines while I’m getting chemo?

Some medicines may alter the effects of your chemo. To be sure that your treatment works as well as it can, tell your doctor or nurse about any and all prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, herbs, and supplements you are taking.

  • Make a list with the name of each drug, the dose, how often you take it, who prescribed it, and the reason you take it.
  • Be sure to include the things you may not think of as medicines, even those you take every now and then. This includes aspirin, herbal and dietary supplements, vitamins, minerals, and all over-the-counter medicines.

Share this list with all of your doctors. Your cancer doctor (oncologist) will tell you if you should stop taking any of these medicines before starting chemo. After your treatments start, check with your oncologist before taking any new medicines or supplements and before stopping any you already take.


Last Medical Review: 08/11/2014
Last Revised: 08/24/2014