cytarabine (generic name)

This medicine reduces the growth of cancer cells and can suppress the immune system
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What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • low blood counts - this medicine may decrease the number of white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. You may be at increased risk for infections and bleeding.
  • signs of infection - fever or chills, cough, sore throat, pain or difficulty passing urine
  • signs of decreased platelets or bleeding - bruising, pinpoint red spots on the skin, black, tarry stools, blood in the urine
  • signs of decreased red blood cells - unusually weak or tired, fainting spells, lightheadedness
  • breathing problems
  • changes in vision
  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
  • fever
  • headache
  • mouth sores
  • neck stiffness and/or pain
  • seizures
  • stomach pain
  • unsteady in walking
  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • bone pain or muscle aches and pains
  • confusion
  • dizziness
  • feeling tired and weak
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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Last Updated: March 24, 2009
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