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What is Cytarabine used for?

Cytarabine is a chemotherapy drug used to treat various types of cancer. This injection medication belongs to the group of medicines called antineoplastics. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells. This drug is used alone or in combination with other medications. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Cytarabine?

The dosage of Cytarabine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

What if you miss a dose of Cytarabine?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to receive Cytarabine injection in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, call your doctor as soon as possible.

What if you overdose on Cytarabine?

Any medication used in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Cytarabine, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Cytarabine?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Cytarabine.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is used with another drug or with food. Before you use a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Cytarabine, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Cytarabine?

Like other medicines, Cytarabine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Cytarabine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Cytarabine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Cytarabine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Cytarabine can cause side effects such as loss of appetite, headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, itching, and diarrhea. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are using Cytarabine.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Cytarabine?

Is it possible for me to receive Cytarabine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I receive Cytarabine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Cytarabine?
How will Cytarabine work in my body?
How to reduce the risk of Cytarabine drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Cytarabine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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