Idarubicin is given intravenously.
How It Works
Idarubicin kills cancer cells by stopping their growth.
Why It Is Used
Idarubicin is one of the drugs used in chemotherapy to treat acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). AML causes blood cells that are not normal to grow quickly. These bad cells crowd out your good cells. Chemotherapy is used to destroy the abnormal blood cells and make room for new, normal cells to grow.
How Well It Works
Idarubicin works well as part of the chemotherapy for some people with AML. But how well it works may depend on how far along your cancer is.
Side effects are common with idarubicin and can include:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
You may not be able to get pregnant or father a child after taking this drug. Talk to your doctor about this before you start treatment.
Idarubicin can cause birth defects. Do not use this drug if you are pregnant or wish to become pregnant or father a child while you are taking it.
Do not use this drug if you have:
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