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    Information about Azacitidine

    Azacitidine uses

    Azacitidine is used in the treatment of blood cancer.

    How azacitidine works

    Azacitidine is an anticancer medication. It works by interfering with the growth of genetic material (DNA and RNA) of the cancer cells in leukaemia. This kills the cancer cells and helps in normal maturation and growth of young blood cells in the bone marrow.

    Common side effects of azacitidine

    Vomiting, Nausea, Fever, Decreased potassium level in blood, Diarrhea, Constipation, Injection site reactions (pain, swelling, redness), Bruising, Chills, Weakness
    Content Details
    Written By
    Dr. Lalit Mohan Gupta
    MD (Microbiology), MBBS
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Varun Gupta
    MD (Pharma), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    22 Mar 2019 | 11:20 AM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Azacitidine

    • 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.

    Frequently asked questions for Azacitidine


    Q. Is Azacitidine a vesicant?

    Azacitidine is not a vesicant and is not known to cause severe local tissue damage upon extravasation (leaking of injected Azacitidine into the surrounding tissues from the site of administration) when injected

    Q. Does Azacitidine cause hair loss?

    No, Azacitidine is not known to cause hair los

    Q. Is Azacitidine chemotherapy?

    Yes. Azacitidine is chemotherapy and a cytotoxic drug used in the treatment of various cancers. It is toxic to cancer cells and interferes with the cell's DNA synthesis, thus slowing down or stopping its growth and multiplication (cytotoxic effect)

    Q. Is Azacitidine a cytotoxic drug?

    Yes. Azacitidine is a cytotoxic drug.

    Content on this page was last updated on 22 March, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)