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Ara-C, Cytosine arabinoside
Cytarabine is a type of chemotherapy. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells. It is usually used in combination with other drugs.
Patients will have regular blood draws to check blood counts and monitor liver and kidney function.
May be given as a liquid into a vein by IV
May be given as a liquid under the skin (subcutaneous)
May be given in the cerebrospinal fluid (intrathecal)
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include: rash, hives, itching, chills, fever, headache, muscle ache, shortness of breath, coughing, tightness in the throat, swelling of the face or neck.
Not all patients who take cytarabine will experience these side effects. Common side effects are in bold, but there may be others. Please report all suspected side effects to your doctor or pharmacist.
Some patients may experience long-term or late effects of treatment that may continue or develop months or years after treatment ends. Possible late effects due to cytarabine include:
Be sure to discuss these and other recommendations with your doctor or pharmacist.