Compare Farydak vs. cyclophosphamide

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Farydak (panobinostat)

Prescription only
Treats multiple myeloma.

Farydak (panobinostat) can be used with other medicines to treat multiple myeloma when other treatments have failed, but it is still relatively new and undergoing further studies.

Treats various cancers and kidney disorders.

As with all chemotherapy, Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) has many side effects but is also very effective against different cancers.

  • Farydak (panobinostat) has shown benefits of an additional 5 months without disease worsening compared to placebo.
  • This medication is available in a pill form which makes it easier to take.
  • Effective when used in combination with other anticancer agents or by itself against blood cancers and a kidney disease known as minimal change nephrotic syndrome.
  • Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) is one of the most well-known medications for cancer, so doctors know what to expect.
  • Available in generic and in both a pill or as an injection.
  • Farydak (panobinostat) is still relatively new as it was approved in 2015, so there is less treatment experience with this medication compared to older medications.
  • Only used when other treatments for multiple myeloma have failed at least twice.
  • Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) can seriously damage the kidneys.
  • Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) can cause many different side effects throughout the body.
  • Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) is more likely to cause nausea and vomiting compared to other chemotherapy drugs.
  • Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) can cause infertility.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Injection
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Side effects
9possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
  • Tiredness
  • Nausea
  • Swelling in legs, ankles, feet
  • Decreased appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Weight loss
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The Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Diarrhea
  • Heart problems
    • Dehydration
    • History of heart disease
  • Bleeding
  • Infections
  • Liver toxicity
  • Birth defects
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  • Blood cell problems
  • Kidney disease
    • Dehydration
    • Urinary tract infections
  • Liver disease
    • Previous liver disease
    • Previous radiation to abdomen
    • Poor prognosis
  • Heart disease
    • Previous radiation to chest
    • High dose cyclophosphamide
    • Other medications that have heart side effects
    • Age over 65
    • Previous heart disease
  • Infertility and birth defects
  • Lung problems
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