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Gemcitabine (Gemzar) For the Treatment of Cancer (5562)

Gemcitabine (Gemzar) For the Treatment of Cancer (5562) - Clinical Hub, Patient Education, Health and Nutrition Facts For You, Cancer, BMT, Hematology


For the Treatment of Cancer

How It Is Given

It is injected into a vein.

Common Side Effects

 Nausea - mild
 Flu-like symptoms, muscle aches, fever,
headache, chills, fatigue
 Reduced blood counts
 Irritation of vein where drug is given
 Feeling tired

Less Common Side Effects

 Rash
 Constipation or diarrhea
 Liver changes
 Shortness of breath if combined with
 Mouth sores
 Blood or protein in your urine.
 Hair thinning, but not permanent

When to call your doctor

ξ Shortness of breath or changes in
 Blood or dark urine or trouble passing
urine, pain, itching or burning
 Clay colored stools
 Nausea, vomiting not controlled by
 Redness, swelling, or feels tender at the
injection site
 Skin rash
 Yellowing of eyes or skin
 Loss of appetite
 Fever of 100.8 or higher
 Urinate less than usual or not at all
 Headache, confusion, problems with
balance, speech or vision

Special Concerns

 Blood tests will be drawn to check liver

Reproduced with permission from the 1989-2011 United States Pharmacopeial Convention, Inc.

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