Idarubicin is given
How It Works
Idarubicin kills cancer cells by stopping
Why It Is Used
Idarubicin is one of the drugs used in
chemotherapy to treat
acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). AML causes blood
cells that are not normal to grow quickly. These bad cells crowd out your good
cells. Chemotherapy is used to destroy the abnormal blood cells and make room
for new, normal cells to grow.
How Well It Works
Idarubicin works well as part of the
chemotherapy for some people with AML. But how well it works may depend on how
far along your cancer is.
Side effects are common with idarubicin
and can include:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug
Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
Idarubicin should be used only
under the supervision of a
medical oncologist or hematologist.
You may not be able
to get pregnant or father a child after taking this drug. Talk to your doctor
about this before you start treatment.
Idarubicin can cause birth
defects. Do not use this drug if you are pregnant or wish to become pregnant or
father a child while you are taking it.
Do not use this drug if
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