Information about Dactinomycin

Dactinomycin uses

Dactinomycin is used in the treatment of testicular cancer, wilms' tumor, gestational trophoblastic neoplasia and ewing's sarcoma.

How dactinomycin works

Dactinomycin works by damaging the genetic material (DNA) of the cancer cells and stops their growth and multiplication.

Common side effects of dactinomycin

Nausea, Vomiting, Mouth ulcer, Loss of appetite, Glossitis, Lip inflammation, Diarrhoea, Inflammation of the rectum.

Available Medicine for Dactinomycin

  • ₹445
    Celon Laboratories Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹412
    Neon Laboratories Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹90
    Wockhardt Ltd
    1 variant(s)

Expert advice for Dactinomycin

  • Use appropriate contraception during treatment with dactinomycin, if you are women of childbearing potential.
  • During administration, avoid inhalation of dust or vapors and contact with eyes or mucous membranes as it is highly toxic and extremely corrosive to soft tissues.
  • Take precautions while taking dactinomycin as you may develop life threatening allergic reactions.
  • You may be monitored daily for any side effects during treatment as it may cause toxic reactions such as stomatitis, diarrhea, severe hematopoietic depression.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions for Dactinomycin


Q. Is dactinomycin an anthracycline?
Yes, dactinomycin is an anthracycline
Q. Is dactinomycin a vesicant (agent that causes tissue blistering and damage)?
Yes, dactinomycin is a vesicant; it may cause tissue blistering if it leaks out of the vein.

Content on this page was last updated on 27 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)