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    Information about Cytarabine

    Cytarabine uses

    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 ulcer, Hair loss, Fever, Anemia (low number of red blood cells), Sore mouth, Liver function abnormal, Stomatitis (Inflammation of the mouth)

    Available Medicine for Cytarabine

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      4 variant(s)
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      Fresenius Kabi India Pvt Ltd
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹189 to ₹1006
      Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹352 to ₹1925
      Vhb Life Sciences Inc
      2 variant(s)
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      Biochem Pharmaceutical Industries
      3 variant(s)
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      Celon Laboratories Ltd
      3 variant(s)
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      Vhb Life Sciences Inc
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹1634
      Pfizer Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹541
      Alkem Laboratories Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹1750
      Cipla Ltd
      1 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Cytarabine

    • You may be monitored closely for severity of symptoms.
    • You will be told to undergo tests for blood counts, bone marrow, liver and kidney functions at regular intervals of time.
    • Inform your doctor if you have recently received chemotherapy or radiotherapy or you are scheduled for radiotherapy.
    • Consult your doctor if you are suffering from any liver disorder.
    • Stop taking cytarabine if you develop severe allergic reaction.
    • Taking cytarabine may increase your uric acid level in the blood. Seek medical advice for necessary precautions.
    • Avoid vaccination with live vaccine to eliminate risk of life threatening reaction.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

    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.

    Content on this page was last updated on 14 September, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)