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Details of the Drug
Generic Name:
Drug Type:
Antitumor antibiotic
How the Drug is Given:

Intravenously (IV)


Indications and Usage

Idarubicin is FDA approved in combination with other antileukemic drugs to treat people who have acute myeloid leukemia in adults.

Side effects needing medical attention

If idarubicin accidentally seeps out of the vein, it may damage some tissues and cause scarring. Your healthcare provider should be notified right away if you notice redness, pain or swelling at the IV site; irregular heartbeat; chest pain; severe bleeding or unusual bleeding or bruising; shortness of breath; fever; chills; sore throat; sores in mouth and on lips; stomach pains; rash, itching or hives; nausea and vomiting (mild); diarrhea; headache.

Side effects needing medical attention after stopping this medication

Irregular heartbeat; shortness of breath; swelling of feet and legs.

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