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    Information about Azacitidine

    Azacitidine uses

    How azacitidine works

    Azacitidine 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.

    Common side effects of azacitidine

    Headache, Dizziness, Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Vomiting, Nausea, Decreased potassium level in blood, Loss of appetite, Decreased white blood cell count, Nasopharyngitis (inflammation of the throat and nasal passages), Anemia (low number of red blood cells), Diarrhoea, Febrile neutropenia, Decreased white blood cell count (neutrophils), Constipation

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    Expert advice for Azacitidine

    • You will be treated with drugs to prevent nausea and vomiting at the start of azacitidine treatment cycle. 
    • You will be monitored with lab test to measure complete blood count before every treatment cycle to check development of anemia (low red blood count), neutropenia (abnormally low white blood cell count) or thrombocytopenia (abnormally low count of platelets in the blood).
    • Take extreme care to avoid pregnancy while on azacitidine therapy. 
    • Inform your doctor if you have a history of congestive heart failure, unstable heart or lung disease.
    • Seek immediate medical attention if you experience difficulty in breathing, swelling of the lips, itching or rash.
    • Patients allergic to azacitidine or any of its ingredients should not be administered this.
    • Patients with advanced malignant liver cancer should not be given azacitidine.
    • Pregnant and breastfeeding women should also not be given azacitidine.
    • Children and adolescents below 18 years should not be given azacitidine.

    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 28 September, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)