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Azacitidine is used in the treatment of ovarian cancer, head and neck cancer, cervical cancer, testicular cancer., breast cancer, non-hodgkin lymphoma (nhl), blood cancer, lung cancer, bone cancer and urinary bladder cancer.

How it 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

Headache, Dizziness, Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Vomiting, Nausea, Decreased potassium level in blood, Loss of appetite, Decreased white blood cell count, Nasopharyngitis, Anemia, Diarrhoea, Febrile neutropenia, Decreased white blood cell count (neutrophils), Constipation

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Expert advice

• 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



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


Does azacitidine cause hair loss?
No, azacitidine is not known to cause hair los


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)

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Is Azacitidine a cytotoxic drug?
Yes. Azacitidine is a cytotoxic drug.

Content on this page was last updated on 07 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)