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Gemcitabine

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Antimetabolite Cancer-related

Gemcitabine - What is it for

​Gemcitabine is an intravenous chemotherapy used alone or in combination with other agents for the treatment of certain types of cancer.

Gemcitabine - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Gemcitabine cause?

Early side effects

  • Nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite may occur
    There are medications available, which may prevent or decrease these side effects. If you are given these medications, take them as directed.
  • Fever (usually within 6-12 hours of treatment)
  • Transient flu-like symptoms (e.g. joint and muscle ache, chills, fatigue, headache)
  • Diarrhea or constipation.

Delayed side effects

  • A drop in the white blood cell counts may occur 7 to 14 days after treatment
  • Water retention causing swelling of feet or lower legs
  • Itchy rashes may develop
  • Temporary hair loss may occur

Inform your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Fever of 38°C or higher
  • Unusual bleeding, bruising or black tarry stools
  • Skin rash, itching or unusual redness
  • Sore throat, hoarseness or painful mouth sores
  • Persistent shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Before taking Gemcitabine, what precautions must I follow?

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Gemcitabine?

Gemcitabine - Dosage and How to Use

How should Gemcitabine be used?

What should I do if I miss a dose?

What should I do if I overdose?

Gemcitabine - Handling and Storage

How should I handle Gemcitabine safely?

How should I store Gemcitabine?

How should I dispose of Gemcitabine safely?

Gemcitabine - Additional Information

  • Updated on Friday, October 27, 2017
  • Article contributed by Department of Pharmacy National Cancer Centre Singapore

    The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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