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Vidaza Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Vidaza
Generic Name: azacitidine (Pronunciation: ay za SYE ti deen)
- What is azacitidine (Vidaza)?
- What are the possible side effects of azacitidine (Vidaza)?
- What is the most important information I should know about azacitidine (Vidaza)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving azacitidine (Vidaza)?
- How is azacitidine given (Vidaza)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Vidaza)?
- What happens if I overdose (Vidaza)?
- What should I avoid while using azacitidine (Vidaza)?
- What other drugs will affect azacitidine (Vidaza)?
- Where can I get more information?
What is azacitidine (Vidaza)?
Azacitidine is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.
Azacitidine is used to treat certain types of bone marrow cancers and blood cell disorders.
Azacitidine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of azacitidine (Vidaza)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating;
- fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sores in your mouth and throat;
- easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin;
- redness, swelling, warmth, oozing, or other signs of skin infection;
- sudden chest pain or discomfort, wheezing, dry cough or hack;
- severe ongoing nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea;
- burning or skin changes where the injection was given;
- lower back pain, blood in your urine, urinating less than usual or not at all;
- numbness or tingly feeling around your mouth;
- muscle weakness, tightness, or contraction, overactive reflexes;
- fast or slow heart rate, weak pulse, confusion, fainting; or
- low potassium (confusion, uneven heart rate, extreme thirst, increased urination, leg discomfort, muscle weakness or limp feeling).
Less serious side effects may include:
- mild nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite;
- stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation;
- feeling weak or tired;
- pain, redness, bruising, or other irritation where the injection was given;
- headache, dizziness;
- anxiety, sleep problems (insomnia);
- joint or muscle pain; or
- cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the Vidaza (azacitidine) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about azacitidine (Vidaza)?
Do not use azacitidine if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby.
You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to azacitidine or mannitol, or if you have liver cancer.
Before receiving azacitidine, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, liver disease, or a history of liver cancer.
If a man fathers a baby while using azacitidine, the baby may have birth defects. Use a condom to prevent pregnancy during your treatment. Continue using condoms for at least 4 weeks after you stop using azacitidine.
Tell your caregiver right away if this medication accidentally gets on your skin. Wash the area thoroughly with soap and warm water.
Azacitidine can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections and help your blood to clot. Your blood may need to be tested often. Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Avoid activities that may increase your risk of bleeding injury. Tell your doctor at once if you develop signs of infection.
Do not receive a "live" vaccine while you are being treated with azacitidine, and avoid coming into contact with anyone who has recently received a live vaccine. There is a chance that the virus could be passed on to you.
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