Azacitidine (By injection)
Treats myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).
Antineoplastic Agent (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Azacitidine interferes with the growth of cancer cells, which are eventually destroyed. Since the growth of normal body cells may also be affected by azacitidine, other effects will also occur. Some of these may be serious and must be reported to your doctor. Some effects may not occur for months or years after the medicine is used.
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
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 dose and schedule. This medicine is given through a needle placed in a vein.
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.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
When Not To Use
Do not breastfeed while you are being given this medicine.
Tell your doctor if you have liver disease, kidney disease, or any infections.
Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
This medicine may make you bleed, bruise, or get infections more easily. Take precautions to prevent illness and injury. Wash your hands often.
Cancer medicine can cause nausea or vomiting, sometimes even after you receive medicine to prevent these effects. Ask your doctor or nurse about other ways to control any nausea or vomiting that might happen.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Change in how much or how often you urinate, painful urination
Confusion, extreme tiredness, or drowsiness
Fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
Lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
Pain, redness, or swelling where the shot is given
Skin wound that does not heal or looks infected (red and swollen)
Swelling in your hands, ankles, feet, or face
Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Nervousness, increased sweating, depression, or trouble sleeping
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Brand names include
Novaplus Azacitidine, PremierPro Rx azaCITIDine, Vidaza
There may be other brand names for this medicine.