Cytarabine Ara C.cytosine arabinoside

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This chemotherapy and cancer drugs article is about Cytarabine (Ara C.cytosine arabinoside) which is a chemotherapy drug mostly used for the treatment of acute myeloid leukaemia (ALL), non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and some head and neck cancers. Cytarabine is delivered intravenously.

Side effects can include: fatigue, lowered resistance to infection, bruising or bleeding, anaemia, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, conjunctivitis, raised levels of uric acid in the blood (can be alleviated with another drug), mouth ulcers. Less common are hair loss, liver changes and taste changes, and soreness in the palms and soles of feet - but all are temporary.

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