Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

Take this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (tablets):
    • For cancer:
      • Adults—Dose is based on type of cancer and body size and must be determined by your doctor. A dose of 10 to 30 milligrams (mg) once per day may be given for several days and then repeated after a rest period. For some conditions, 5 to 50 mg once per week may be used. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
      • Children—Dose is based on type of cancer and body size and must be determined by your doctor. The dose is generally given once per day for several days and then repeated after a rest period. The dose may also be given once per week. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
    • For psoriasis:
      • Adults—At first, 10 to 25 milligrams (mg) once per week or 2.5 mg every 12 hours for 3 doses once each week. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 30 mg once per week.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For rheumatoid arthritis or juvenile arthritis:
      • Adults—At first, 7.5 milligrams (mg) once per week or 2.5 mg every 12 hours for 3 doses once each week. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
      • Children—Dose is based on body size and must be determined by your doctor. The starting dose is 10 milligrams (mg) per square meter (m(2)) of body size once per week. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.

Missed Dose

This medicine needs to be given on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.