CYTARABINE Side Effects by Likelihood and Severity

COMMON side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • an infection
  • decreased blood platelets
  • low levels of white blood cells
  • stomatitis, a condition with painful swelling and sores inside the mouth
  • If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • decreased appetite
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • INFREQUENT side effects

    If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • increased uric acid in the body resulting in kidney disease
  • a toxic effect on the central nervous system, which consists of the brain and spinal cord
  • a feeling of pins and needles on skin
  • tumor lysis syndrome
  • If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • pink eye
  • intense abdominal pain
  • RARE side effects

    If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • megaloblastic anemia
  • anemia
  • hemorrhage from the conjunctiva of the eye
  • inflammation of the covering of the heart or pericardium
  • sinus bradycardia
  • thrombophlebitis, an inflamed vein due to a blood clot
  • fluid in the lungs
  • a type of inflammation of the lung called interstitial pneumonitis
  • inflammation of the esophagus
  • stomach or intestinal ulcer
  • necrotizing enterocolitis, or inflammation and tissue death in the colon and small intestine
  • damage to the liver and inflammation
  • bleeding of the stomach or intestines
  • decreased kidney function
  • muscle pain
  • bone pain
  • coma
  • fever
  • a skin rash
  • chest pain
  • an inability to completely empty the bladder
  • reactions at the site of the injection
  • a feeling of general discomfort called malaise
  • a yellowing of the eyes or skin from buildup of bilirubin called jaundice
  • pancreatitis
  • sepsis
  • If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • itching
  • hair loss
  • skin discoloration
  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • diarrhea
  • peripheral sensory nerve disorder
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