This medication is an anticancer drug used in combination with other medications for the treatment of leukemia.
This medication is usually administered initially in the hospital where your condition can be monitored closely.
Laboratory tests will be done periodically to be sure the drug is working properly and to monitor for possible side effects.
Reconstituted solutions are stable for 7 days in the refrigerator or 3 days at room temperature.
Discard medication properly after the expiration date.
How To Use
HOW TO USE THIS MEDICATION: This medication is given by injection into a vein over 10 to 15 minutes by a health care professional.
Continue using this medication for the full time prescribed.
Stopping therapy too soon may result in ineffective treatment.
This medication may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or headache.
If these symptoms continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor.
Notify your doctor if you develop severe stomach pain, skin rash, chest pain, unusual bleeding or bruising, fever, chills, flu-like symptoms, breathing trouble, tingling of the hands or feet or mouth sores while taking this medication.
You may experience redness, irritation or pain at the injection site.
Inform your doctor of this.
This medication may cause temporary hair loss (alopecia).
When the medication is stopped, hair growth will return.
This medication reduces your blood cell counts.
Blood tests will be done routinely while using this medication and your therapy will be adjusted accordingly.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor if you have any pre-existing liver disease, kidney disease, heart disease, blood disorders or any allergies.
Idarubicin is not recommended for use during pregnancy.
Consult your doctor before using this medication.
It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk.
Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
It is important to receive each dose at the scheduled time.
If you miss a dose, contact your doctor who will help establish a new dosing schedule.
Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take.
Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.