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Chemo & Vitamins

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by sbj101 sbj101 (Member) Member

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Is it usually recommend to take vitamins before and during chemo? The pt will be receiving Fluorouracil (5FU) and Oxaliplatin.

If vitamins are encouraged before and during chemo therapy, which ones are recommended? Thanks!!

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adria37 has 21 years experience and specializes in Emergency, Outpatient.

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We recommend a multivitamin only with most chemotherapy. With 5-fu or Xeloda orally, we recommend Vitamin B6 to help with hand/foot toxicity. With Alimta the patient takes daily folic acid and B12 injections every 9 weeks both are initiated a week prior. (to decrease hematological and stomach complications Also with Alimta NSAIDS need to be stopped 5 days before and 2 days after treatment as it can increase toxicity by decreasing drug clearance from the kidneys.

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