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   Azacitidine

Azacitidine
(injection) (injectable)


Treats a bone marrow disorder called Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS).

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Azacitidine
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Uses
Treats a bone marrow disorder called Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS).

Storage
  • If you receive your treatments at a clinic, your medicine will be kept there.


How To Use
  • APPEARANCE: Injectable. Medicines used to treat cancer are very strong and can have many side effects.
  • Before receiving this medicine, make sure you understand all the risks and benefits.
  • It is important for you to work closely with your doctor during your treatment. You will receive this medicine while you are in a hospital or cancer treatment center.
  • A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine. Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given.
  • This medicine is given as a shot under your skin. You may also receive medicines to help prevent nausea and vomiting.

Side Effects
  • Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects: Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing. Blood in your urine or stools. Confusion, extreme tiredness, fainting, or drowsiness. Cough, fever, chills, sore throat, or other signs of infection. Pain, redness, or swelling where the shot is given. Shortness of breath or trouble breathing. Skin wound that does not heal or looks infected (red and swollen). Swelling in your hands, ankles, feet, or face. Unusual bleeding or bruising.

Precautions
  • You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to azacitidine or mannitol.
  • Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant, or if you have advanced liver cancer.

Missed Dose
  • This medicine needs to be given on a fixed schedule.
  • If you miss a dose, call your doctor, home health caregiver, or treatment clinic for instructions.

Drug Interactions
  • This medicine can cause birth defects if it is used by the mother while she is pregnant or by the father when his sexual partner becomes pregnant.
  • If a pregnancy occurs while you are using this medicine, tell your doctor right away. Do not breast feed while you are being given this medicine. Make sure your doctor knows if you have liver disease, kidney disease, or any infections. Your doctor will need to check your blood at regular visits while you are using this medicine.
  • Be sure to keep all appointments. This medicine lowers the number of some types of blood cells in your body.
  • Because of this, you may bleed or get infections more easily.
  • To help with these problems, avoid being near people who are sick or have infections.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Stay away from rough sports or other situations where you could be bruised, cut, or injured.
  • Brush and floss your teeth gently.
  • Be careful when using sharp objects, including razors and fingernail clippers. Cancer medicines can cause nausea and/or vomiting in most people, sometimes even after receiving medicines to prevent it.
  • Ask your doctor or nurse about other ways to control these side effects.

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