Bedford Laboratories | Cytarabine – injection (Medication)
Cytarabine – injection: Indications
Cytarabine is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body. Cytarabine is used to treat certain types of leukemia (blood cancers). Cytarabine is also used to treat leukemia associated with meningitis.
This medication is usually given by injection into a vein as directed by your doctor. It may also be given by other methods of injection depending upon your medical condition. The dosage is based on your medical condition, body size, and response to therapy. If you are giving this medication to yourself at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.Unless your doctor instructs you otherwise, drink plenty of fluids while using this medication. This helps your kidneys remove the drug from your body and may help you avoid some of the side effects.
Cytarabine – injection: Side Effects
This medication may cause serious (rarely fatal) blood disorders (bone marrow suppression leading to anemia, low number of white blood cells and platelets). Liver problems may also occur. Your doctor will monitor you closely for these side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any signs of infection (e.g., fever, chills, persistent sore throat), unusual fatigue, easy bruising or bleeding, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach/abdominal pain, dark urine, yellowing eyes/skin, or mouth sores….
Cytarabine – injection: Precaution
Cytarabine can cause serious side effects on your brain or central nervous system that may not be reversible. Cytarabine is usually given together with a steroid medication to help lessen these side effects. Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using this medication. Do not use cytarabine if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby.
Before you receive cytarabine, tell your doctor if you have a seizure disorder or a history of head injury or brain tumor. Cytarabine can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections. Your blood may need to be tested often. Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Avoid activities that may increase your risk of bleeding injury.
Tell your doctor at once if you develop signs of infection. Do not receive a live vaccine while you are being treated with cytarabine. The live vaccine may not work as well during this time, and may not fully protect you from disease….