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

Skin ulcer, Low blood platelets, Sepsis, Vomiting, Nausea, Infection, Pneumonia, Anal ulcers, Hair loss, Fever, Abnormal liver function, Stomatitis (Inflammation of the mouth), Diarrhea, Bone marrow failure, Megaloblastic anemia, Decreased white blood cell count (lymphocytes), Decreased reticulocyte, Bone marrow disorder, Cytarabine syndrome, Corneal disorders, Necrotizing enterocolitis, Cerebral disorder, Cerebellar disorder, Acute respiratory distress syndrome, Skin exfoliation
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Available Medicine for Cytarabine

CytosarPfizer Ltd
295 to ₹13202 variant(s)
CytalonCelon Laboratories Ltd
485 to ₹12004 variant(s)
CytarineFresenius Kabi India Pvt Ltd
89 to ₹5933 variant(s)
BiobinBiochem Pharmaceutical Industries
50 to ₹4882 variant(s)
ArasidIntas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
117 to ₹10052 variant(s)
CytowelGetwell Pharma (I) Pvt Ltd
563 to ₹11862 variant(s)
RemcytaAlkem Laboratories Ltd
5411 variant(s)
OncotarUnited Biotech Pvt Ltd
4951 variant(s)
PrecitarPremedium Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
1001 variant(s)
CytaresResonance Laboratories Pvt Ltd
560 to ₹9702 variant(s)

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 a 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 by inhibiting the synthesis of DNA.


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