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Cytosar 500mg Injection

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Overview

Introduction

Cytosar 500mg Injection is used to treat some kinds of cancers of blood. It may be also used to treat other conditions, as determined by the doctor. It is sometimes used with certain other medicines as part of combination chemotherapy.

Cytosar 500mg Injection is given as an injection into the vein or under skin by the healthcare professional. Your doctor will decide what dose is necessary and how often you need to take it. This will depend on what you are being treated for and may change from time to time. You should take it exactly as your doctor has advised. Taking it in the wrong way or taking too much can cause very serious side effects. It may take several weeks or months for you to see or feel the benefits but do not stop taking it unless your doctor tells you to.

The most common side effects of this medicine include rash, skin ulcer, nausea, vomiting, and hair loss. This medicine may reduce the number of blood cells (decrease red blood and white blood cells) in your blood, thereby, increasing the susceptibility to infections or bleeding. Inform your doctor if you notice chills, unusual bleeding or bruising and black and tarry stools. Regular blood tests are required to check your blood cells along with heart, liver, and blood uric acid levels.

Before taking it, tell your doctor if you have bleeding, liver, or kidney problems or are taking any medicines to treat infections. Many other medicines can affect, or be affected by, this medicine so let your doctor know all medications you are using. This medicine is not recommended during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. The use of effective contraception by both males and females during treatment is important to avoid pregnancy.

Uses of Cytosar Injection

Side effects of Cytosar Injection

Common
  • Rash
  • Skin ulcer
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Hair loss
  • Abdominal pain
  • Anal ulcers
  • Anemia (low number of red blood cells)
  • Decreased white blood cell count
  • Fever
  • Infection
  • Abnormal liver function
  • Low blood platelets
  • Mouth ulcer
  • Pneumonia
  • Sepsis
  • Mouth sore
  • Stomatitis (Inflammation of the mouth)

How to cope with side effects?

The occurrence of side effects varies from person to person. The following are a few ways of dealing with some of the common side effects. However, consult your doctor if these persist.

  • Coping with Rash
    There are many treatments for a wide range of skin problems. Avoid hot showers or baths because hot water can irritate the skin. Make sure to pat dry your skin after a bath or shower. Do not rub or scratch the affected area. Leave the skin exposed to the air as much as possible. Do not use perfumed soaps or deodorants. Water containing chlorine can make most skin problems worse, so avoid swimming. Avoid spicy foods, alcohol, tobacco smoke and caffeine as it may also make itching worse. Avoid excessive sun exposure. Always use sunscreen and protective clothing when outdoors. Moisturizers can be used regularly to soothe and hydrate the affected area. If it does not get better within a week, speak to a pharmacist or doctor.
  • Coping with Nausea
    You can help yourself by eating small, frequent meals rather than large ones and drinking plenty of fluids. Eat slowly. Avoid fatty, fried, spicy and very sweet foods. Eat cold or slightly warm food if the smell of cooked or cooking food makes you feel sick. Get plenty of fresh air. You could also try chewing ginger or drinking ginger tea. Eat bananas to replace potassium in your blood which can drop if you are sick (vomit). Use oral rehydration salts to replace vitamins and minerals lost through being sick. There are some medicines that can help you stop from feeling sick. Speak to your doctor if your condition does not improve.
  • Coping with Vomiting
    You can help yourself by eating small, frequent meals rather than large ones and drinking plenty of fluids. Eat slowly. Avoid fatty, fried, spicy and very sweet foods. Eat cold or slightly warm food if the smell of cooked or cooking food makes you feel sick. Get plenty of fresh air. You could also try chewing ginger or drinking ginger tea. Eat bananas to replace potassium in your blood which can drop if you are sick (vomit). Use oral rehydration salts to replace vitamins and minerals lost through being sick. There are some medicines that can help you stop feeling sick. Speak to your doctor if your condition does not improve.
  • Coping with Hair loss
    Use gentle hair products such as baby shampoo. Use a soft brush and comb gently. Avoid using hairdryers, curling tongs or hair straighteners and pat your hair dry after washing. Do not color your hair. Protect your scalp by covering your head in the sun. It is necessary to not take the stress and eat a balanced, nutritious diet as it is vital for the health of your hair.
  • Coping with Abdominal pain
    In most cases, this is mild enough to be treated at home. Try to rest and relax. Putting a heat pad or covered hot water bottle on your stomach may also help. Having a warm bath or shower can help you relax and relieve the pain. Drink plenty of clear fluids such as water and reduce your intake of coffee, tea, lemon juice or soda. Avoid alcohol and smoking as these can aggravate the pain. Eating slowly and having smaller and more frequent meals can also help. If the pain is severe, speak to your doctor. They may be able to guide you better.
  • Coping with Anemia (low number of red blood cells)
    Making some simple lifestyle changes can raise your red blood cell count. Reduce the amount of alcohol you drink, eat a well-balanced healthy diet and take regular exercise. Physical activities make your body need more oxygen and this stimulates the production of red blood cells. There are some vitamins which are important such as vitamin B-12, vitamin B-9, vitamin C and Vitamin A. Also, some minerals such as iron (especially) and copper. Aim for foods which contain higher quantities of these vitamins and minerals or ask your doctor for supplements. Make sure to consult your doctor for complete evaluation and treatment of anemia.
  • Coping with Decreased white blood cell count and Infection
    If you have a low level of white blood cells, you are more likely to get infections. There are several ways to reduce your chances of catching or spreading an infection. Avoid unnecessary exposure to germs when you can. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap or use a sanitiser. Avoid crowds and avoid contact with people who are ill or have infections. Use disposable tissues for coughs and sneezes. Consider using an appropriate face mask. Do not share personal items like cutlery, glasses, towels or toothbrushes with others. Get enough rest and eat a well balanced healthy diet.
  • Coping with Low blood platelets
    You will need a blood test to find out if your blood platelet level is low. If this medicine is causing your platelet levels to drop, your doctor may suggest an alternative medicine. There are also medicines that can boost your blood platelet level. Consider asking your doctor about this. A low platelet count can put you at risk for bleeding. Try to be careful when doing activities that might cause an injury or a cut as it may take longer to stop bleeding.
  • Coping with Mouth ulcer and Mouth sore
    Avoiding things that irritate your ulcer will help speed up the healing process, reduce pain, and reduce its chances of coming back. Keep your mouth hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and clean by rinsing it regularly with warm and slightly salted water. Eat softer foods and drink cold drinks through a straw. Try to avoid foods that are very hot, spicy, sour (acidic) or salty and rough, crunchy foods like potato chips or toast. Do not use chewing gum and do not smoke or drink alcohol. Keep your mouth clean using a soft-bristled toothbrush and get regular dental check-ups. Consult your doctor if your condition does not improve or lasts more than a few days.
  • Coping with Pneumonia
    Speak to your doctor if you feel unwell. Your doctor may be able to prescribe you certain medicines to treat your symptoms or prescribe you alternative medicines. Make sure you get plenty of rest. Stay away from school or work until you are better. Drink plenty of fluids to help loosen the mucus in your lungs and make you more comfortable. Avoid smoking as it will aggravate your condition.

How to use Cytosar Injection

Your doctor or nurse will give you this medicine. Kindly do not self administer.

How Cytosar Injection works

Cytosar 500mg Injection interferes with the growth of DNA and RNA of the cancer cells by substituting their building blocks. It prevents the cancer cells from growing and multiplying.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Cytosar 500mg Injection. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Cytosar 500mg Injection is unsafe to use during pregnancy as there is definite evidence of risk to the developing baby. However, the doctor may rarely prescribe it in some life-threatening situations if the benefits are more than the potential risks. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
UNSAFE
Cytosar 500mg Injection is unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Data suggests that the drug may cause toxicity to the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Cytosar 500mg Injection may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Cytosar 500mg Injection is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Cytosar 500mg Injection is recommended.
However, talk to your doctor if you have any underlying kidney disease.
Liver
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Cytosar 500mg Injection in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.
Because of the limited information, a cautious use of Cytosar 500mg Injection is recommended in patients with liver disease.

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Quick Tips

  • Use a reliable contraceptive method to prevent pregnancy while you are taking this medicine.
  • Inform your doctor immediately if you notice any signs of infection such as fever, sore throat, rash or severe diarrhea.

Patient Concerns

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Can blood cancer patients 1st stage do sex with normal girl Sir a blood cancer patients do sex with normal girl can any problem or cause doing with girl or side effect give suggestions Thanks
Dr. Vijay Sharnangat
Medical Oncology and Hematology
Wait till blood cancer gets cured.
Blood Cancer. Is there any medicine to cure blood cancer.
Dr. Aanchal Maheshwari
Ayurveda
Case has to be seen in person
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FAQs

Q. Is Cytosar a vesicant?

No. Cytosar is not a vesicant (irritant) but should be handled with care

Q. Is Cytosar ototoxic?

No. Ototoxicity is not reported with use of Cytosar. However, please consult your doctor if you experience such side effect

Q. Is Cytosar cytotoxic?

Yes. Cytosar is a cytotoxic drug

Q. Does Cytosar cause hair loss?

Yes. Cytosar may cause hair loss

Q. How does Cytosar prevent DNA replication?

Cytosar prevents deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) replication through inhibiting the synthesis of DNA.

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