cytarabine liposomal (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving cytarabine liposomal (DepoCyt)?
You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to cytarabine liposomal 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:
FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use cytarabine liposomal if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether cytarabine liposomal passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are receiving this medication.
How is cytarabine liposomal given (DepoCyt)?
Cytarabine liposomal is given as an injection through a needle placed into the space around your spinal cord. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting.
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.
To be sure cytarabine liposomal is not causing harmful effects, your doctor will need to check your progress on a regular basis. Do not miss any follow-up appointments.
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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