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Daunorubicin HCl intraven.
DAUNORUBICIN - INJECTION

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

DAUNORUBICIN - INJECTION

(dawn-oh-REWB-eh-sin)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Cerubidine

WARNING: Daunorubicin must only be given into a vein through other IV fluids. Do not inject this medication into the muscle (IM) or just beneath the skin (subcutaneously). Notify the doctor immediately if redness, pain, and swelling occurs at, or around, the injection site. Daunorubicin may cause heart problems (including heart failure) or bone marrow suppression. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop an irregular heartbeat, trouble breathing, swelling of the hands or feet, easy bruising or bleeding, or signs of infection such as fever, unusual fatigue, or persistent sore throat. Tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney problems before starting treatment with this medication. You may require smaller doses of daunorubicin.

Uses

Daunorubicin is used to treat leukemia.

OTHER

Uses

This medication may also be used to treat different types of cancers .

How To Use

This is a potent medication. Use it exactly as prescribed. Tell your doctor or nurse immediately if you experience pain, burning or redness at the place where injected. Unless your doctor instructs you otherwise, drink plenty of fluids while taking this medication. This helps your kidneys to remove the drug from your body and avoid some of the side effects.

Side Effects

Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are common side effects. Not eating before treatment may help relieve vomiting. Changes in diet such as eating several small meals or limiting activity may help lessen some of these effects. In some cases, drug therapy may be necessary to prevent or relieve nausea and vomiting. This medication may turn your urine a reddish color. This is a normal effect of the drug as it leaves your body and is not blood in the urine. The effect should clear up within 2 days after each dose is given. Temporary hair loss is another common side effect. Normal hair growth should return after treatment has ended. Contact your doctor, without delay, if you experience any of the following symptoms: sores in mouth or on lips, fever or chills, cough or hoarseness, lower back or side pain, painful or difficult urination, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, swelling of feet or lower legs, stomach pain, joint pain, unusual bleeding or bruising, black or tarry stools, blood in urine or stools, small red spots on the skin, skin rash, itchy skin. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

This medication must not be used by women who are or may become pregnant or while nursing. Because this medication can affect the production of sperm in men, a reliable form of birth control is recommended while taking this medication. Tell your doctor if you have pre-existing blood disorders, liver disease or heart disease.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Notes

This medication can lower your body's ability to fight an infection. Notify your doctor if you develop any signs of an infection such as fever, sore throat, rash, or chills. Avoid touching your eyes or inside your nose without first washing your hands. Use caution with sharp objects like safety razors or nail cutters and avoid activities such as contact sports in order to lower the chance of getting cut, bruised or injured. Do not have immunizations/vaccinations without consent of your doctor, and avoid contact with people who have recently received oral polio vaccine. Regular doctor visits are important. Frequent blood tests will be done to monitor therapy.

Missed Dose

Do not double dose if missed. Contact your doctor.

Storage

Refrigerate piggyback or infusion device. Warm to room temperature before infusing. Check expiration date. Store vial at room temperature away from sunlight.

Medical Alert

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