Cytarabine can be used alone or with other medications used to treat cancer. Take your medications at the prescribed time.
If you have difficulty with this, you can ask your healthcare provider to help you devise a plan to make it easier.
You physician may also tell you to increase your fluid intake while you are on cytarabine treatment. Increasing fluid intake can prevent kidney problems since this medication is primarily excreted in the urine.
This anti-cancer drug also causes nausea and vomiting. It is essential that you do not abruptly stop cytarabine. There are ways to decrease our nausea and vomiting. Consult a healthcare professional.
The dose, timing and duration of treatment depend on your condition and how your body responds to this medication.
You should always follow your physician’s instructions.
Your doctor will also determine how often you need to take cytarabine in a day and the time interval between doses. Do not change anything about your medication routine without consulting your physician first.
4 Precautions to Take
There are precautions you need to take as well.
Cytarabine can lower your body’s ability to fight off infection. That’s why you shouldn’t get vaccinated during and a few months after treatment.
Check with your doctor before getting any vaccination.
You should also avoid contact with people who have recently been vaccinated. You can wear a protective mask if necessary.
Check with your doctor if you have symptoms of infection like
Avoid sharp objects and strenuous activities or sports that require close contact. Do prevent gum bleeds, use a toothbrush with soft bristles and floss gently. Always wash your hands before touching your eyes.
5 Potential Side Effects
There are multiple side effects related to cytarabine therapy.
Although these are less common side effects, you should always check with your physician right away if you have
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