Information about Decitabine

Decitabine Uses

Decitabine is used in the treatment of myelodysplastic syndrome and blood cancer.

How Decitabine works

Decitabine 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 Decitabine

Nausea, Vomiting, Headache, Fever, Lung infection, Decreased white blood cell count (neutrophils), Nosebleeds, Anemia (low number of red blood cells), Low blood platelets, Diarrhea, Pneumonia
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Available Medicine for Decitabine

XaliboDr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd
51871 variant(s)
DecitasIntas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
3562 to ₹42502 variant(s)
DecitexSun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
62291 variant(s)
DeczubaGlenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
37001 variant(s)
NatdecitaNatco Pharma Ltd
50971 variant(s)
DecitaxSun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
59801 variant(s)
DecimaGetwell Oncology Pvt Ltd
54161 variant(s)
DecintasIntas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
3180 to ₹42502 variant(s)
MylodecCelon Laboratories Ltd
126 to ₹42002 variant(s)
DacogenJohnson & Johnson Ltd
614301 variant(s)

Expert advice for Decitabine

  • Decitabine 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 Decitabine


Q. Is Decitabine a vesicant?

Decitabine is not a vesicant and is not known to cause severe local tissue damage upon extravasation (leaking of injected Decitabine into the surrounding tissues from the site of administration) when injected.

Q. How effective is Decitabine?

The effectiveness of Decitabine depends upon several factors including the patient's clinical condition, number of treatment cycles etc. and may vary depending upon the individual response.

Q. Does Decitabine cause hair loss?

Yes. Hair loss (alopecia) is among the known side effects of Decitabine.

Q. How is Decitabine administered?

Decitabine comes as a powder to be to be added to fluid and injected slowly over 3 hours into a vein (slow i.v infusion) by a doctor who is experienced in giving chemotherapy medications for cancer in a hospital or a clinic.


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