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    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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    Written By
    Dr. Arpit Bhatnagar
    PGDHHM - Hospital and Healthcare Management, BDS
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Shilpa Garcha
    Writing in Medical Sciences, Medical Writing, Advanced PG Diploma in Clinical Research
    Last updated on:
    22 Mar 2019 | 01:36 PM (IST)
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    Available Medicine for Decitabine

    • ₹5187
      Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹3562 to ₹4251
      Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹6229
      Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
      1 variant(s)
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      Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      1 variant(s)
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      Natco Pharma Ltd
      1 variant(s)
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      Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
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      Getwell Oncology Pvt Ltd
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      BDR Pharmaceuticals Internationals Pvt
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹61430
      Johnson & Johnson Ltd
      1 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.

    Content on this page was last updated on 22 March, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)