Brand name: Emcyt®
: Estramustine phosphate sodium,
Manufacturer / Distributor:
Emcyt is available by
Emcyt comes as a
capsule to be taken by mouth
Emcyt is used to treat
cancer, especially prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic prostate cancer).
can be prescribed for other medical conditions not mentioned in this article; for more information on diseases
for which Emcyt is used to treat, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Dosage: dosage of Emcyt recommended by your
doctor varies depending on the severity of the
cancer. In addition, your age,
health in general, and especially your body surface area (BSA) are factors in the choice of the treatment. If
you are treated with other medications, you may receive lower doses. Usually, Emcyt is taken with water 3 to 4
times a day. The drug is taken on an empty stomach, at least one hour before or two hours after meals. Avoid
taking Emcyt with milk or milk products, antacids or medicines containing calcium.
Your doctor can prescribe you a different way to take the medication; regardless of the dosage recommended, it is
important that you follow the instructions exactly. If you experience side effects that prevent you from continuing
taking the drug, do not interrupt the treatment without first talking to your doctor.
Storage: store Emcyt at room temperature (15-25
° C), away from light, moisture and heat above 40 ° C. Emcyt and all other medications should not be used beyond
the expiration date printed on the container. Emcyt should be kept
in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children.
As with any drug, Emcyt overdose can be dangerous if it is high and taken for long term. An overdose of Emcyt can
lead to a life threatening decrease in white blood cells or platelets. If you take an overdose, contact your doctor
or a poison control center near you to prevent complications.
In case you missed
taking the medication, take it as soon as you remember it if it is not almost time for the next dose. In case
it is time or almost time for the next dose, do not double it to recover the missing; it can be dangerous.
Contact your doctor or wait to go back to your regular schedule. Continue the treatment even if you feel
well. Do not stop taking the drug without first talking to your doctor.
Emcyt is contraindicated
for the following groups of people:
who are breastfeeding
allergic to Emcyt or any of its ingredients
allergic to estrogen and nitrogen mustard
having a heart condition
having severe liver disorder
who have blood coagulation disorder.
Mechanism of action (MOA): Emcyt is an anticancer drug classed as an antimicrotubule agent; it destroys
cells by inhibiting their growth and multiplication.
Before taking Emcyt, it is important to tell your doctor about all medications you are taking, whether prescription
or non prescription. Some medications are not recommended to be used along with Emcyt. Talk to your doctor before
taking vitamins and nutritional supplements. In addition, tell your doctor if you have or have ever had a blood
clot, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, congestive heart disease, migraines or seizures.
Emcyt can cause adverse effects in some patients; common Emcyt side effects include:
- leg cramps
or increase in breast size
interest in sexual activity.
doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms:
cough associated with hoarseness
- fever or
of feet or lower legs
- blood in
urine or stools
- pain in
lower back or sides
or difficult urination
- pain in
chest, groin or legs
of red spots on the skin
or sudden loss of coordination
shortness of breath
bleeding or bruising
change in vision
or insensibilization in the arms or legs.