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About your treatment
Your doctor has ordered the drug cytarabine to help treat your illness. The drug can be given by injection into a vein or under the skin of your forearm. In special situations, it may be injected into the spinal cord.
This medication is used to treat:
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Cytarabine belongs to a group of drugs known as antimetabolites. It resembles a normal cell nutrient needed by cancer cells to grow. The cancer cells take up cytarabine, which then interferes with their growth.
Other uses for this medicine
Cytarabine also is used to treat non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this drug for your condition.
Before taking cytarabine,
Side effects from cytarabine are common and include:
Tell your doctor if the following symptom is severe or lasts for several hours:
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT