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Brand Names: DepoCyt

Generic Name: cytarabine liposomal (Pronunciation: sye TAR a been LYE poe SOE mal)

What is cytarabine liposomal (DepoCyt)?

Cytarabine liposomal is a cancer medication. Cytarabine liposomal interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their growth and spread in the body.

Cytarabine liposomal is used to treat lymphoma associated with meningitis.

Cytarabine liposomal may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of cytarabine liposomal (DepoCyt)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • nausea and vomiting with headache and fever;
  • neck stiffness or pain, seizure (convulsions);
  • extreme drowsiness, loss of muscle control;
  • confusion, personality changes, problems with memory or concentration, sleep problems, agitation;
  • problems with speech, vision, hearing, or balance,
  • numbness, tingling, or burning pain that interferes with daily activities;
  • loss of bladder or bowel control;
  • pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath, rapid heart rate;
  • easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin; or
  • flu symptoms, sores in your mouth and throat.

Less serious side effects may include:

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.

What is the most important information I should know about cytarabine liposomal (DepoCyt)?

Do not use cytarabine liposomal if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby.

You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to cytarabine or if you have an active meningitis infection.

Before you receive cytarabine liposomal, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions and any other medications you use. You may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use cytarabine liposomal.

Tell your caregivers at once if you have nausea and vomiting with headache and fever. These may be early signs of central nervous system damage.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as neck stiffness or pain, extreme drowsiness, confusion, personality changes, seizure, loss of muscle control, problems with vision or hearing, severe numbness or tingling, or loss of bladder or bowel control.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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