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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Available Medicine for Cytarabine

CytosarPfizer Ltd
295 to ₹13203 variant(s)
CytalonCelon Laboratories Ltd
168 to ₹11703 variant(s)
CytarineFresenius Kabi India Pvt Ltd
89 to ₹5933 variant(s)
BiobinBiochem Pharmaceutical Industries
50 to ₹12413 variant(s)
CytarabinePfizer Ltd
16341 variant(s)
ArasidIntas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
117 to ₹10053 variant(s)
CytrosarVhb Life Sciences Inc
352 to ₹19252 variant(s)
CytrazZuvius Life Sciences
270 to ₹10003 variant(s)
PrecitarPremedium Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
1001 variant(s)
CytaneonNeon Laboratories Ltd
180 to ₹3472 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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