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    Information about Cytarabine

    Cytarabine uses

    Cytarabine is used in the treatment of blood cancer.

    How cytarabine works

    Cytarabine 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 cytarabine

    Rash, Skin ulcer, Low blood platelets, Sepsis, Mouth ulcer, Vomiting, Nausea, Abdominal pain, Infection, Pneumonia, Decreased white blood cell count, Anal ulcers, Hair loss, Fever, Anemia (low number of red blood cells), Mouth sore, Abnormal liver function, Stomatitis (Inflammation of the mouth)
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    Written By
    Dr. Anuj Saini
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Ashish Ranjan
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    18 Feb 2020 | 05:21 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Cytarabine

    • Cytarabine is used for the treatment of cancer of the blood.
    • It is given via a drip into a vein (intravenously).
    • Do not drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
    • Use a reliable contraceptive method to prevent pregnancy while you are taking this medicine.
    • Your doctor may get regular blood and urine tests done to monitor your blood cells, kidney and liver function during treatment with 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 Cytarabine


    Q. Is Cytarabine a vesicant?

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

    Q. Is Cytarabine ototoxic?

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

    Q. Is Cytarabine cytotoxic?

    Yes. Cytarabine is a cytotoxic drug

    Q. Does Cytarabine cause hair loss?

    Yes. Cytarabine may cause hair loss

    Q. How does Cytarabine prevent DNA replication?

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