Idarubicin (Injection)

Introduction

Idarubicin (eye-da-ROO-bi-sin)

Treats leukemia.

Brand Name(s)

Idamycin PFS

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

How to Use This Medicine

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your dose and schedule. This medicine is given through a needle placed in a vein.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Some medicines can affect how idarubicin works. Tell your doctor if you are using any of the following:
    • Cyclophosphamide
    • Paclitaxel
    • Trastuzumab
  • This medicine may interfere with vaccines. Ask your doctor before you get a flu shot or any other vaccines.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • It is not safe to take this medicine during pregnancy. It could harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, anemia, heart failure, heart disease, gout, or any type of infection.
  • 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.
  • This medicine may cause heart problems, which can occur months to years after your treatment is complete.
  • This medicine may cause hyperuricemia (too much uric acid in the blood). Ask your doctor if you need to drink extra fluids.
  • This medicine may make you bleed, bruise, or get infections more easily. Take precautions to prevent illness and injury. Wash your hands often.
  • 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.
  • Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

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
  • Chest pain, fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeat
  • Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, and body aches
  • Joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
  • Pain, redness, or swelling where the needle is placed
  • Rapid weight gain, swelling of your hands, ankles, or feet
  • Sores or white patches on your lips, mouth, or throat
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, stomach cramps
  • Hair loss

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

Version Info

  • Last reviewed on 7/4/2015

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