Can I take over the counter (OTC) medicines?

Yes, no and maybe. Your treatment may cause side effects that can easily be treated with OTC products, and you may also get other illnesses, aches and pains during your treatment that have nothing to do with your cancer. It is always best to speak to your physician about taking prescription and non-prescription medications.

You should also contact your physician if:

  • You have a fever of 100.5 or higher OR any sign of infection: mouth sores, sore throat, new cough, etc.
  • You have sudden, severe pain, or a pain that is not relieved by suggested medications
  • You are bleeding or have some other abnormal discharge
  • You have had diarrhea or vomiting that is not relieved by suggested medications.