Proper Use

Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex

A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine in a hospital or cancer treatment center. This medicine is given through a needle placed into one of your veins.

Amifostine injection is given before cisplatin therapy or radiation therapy. It must be injected slowly, so your IV tube will need to stay in place for at least 15 minutes before cisplatin treatment or at least 3 minutes before radiation therapy.

You may receive other medicines to help prevent nausea and vomiting. You may also be given calcium supplements if needed.

Drink plenty of fluids during the 24 hours before receiving amifostine.