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Generic Name: Azacitidine (ay-za-SYE-ti-deen)Brand Name: Vidaza

Vidaza is used for:

Treating certain cancers of the blood, including chronic myelomonocytic leukemia. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Vidaza is an antineoplastic. It works by causing the death of abnormal, rapidly dividing cells in the bone marrow.

Do NOT use Vidaza if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Vidaza or to mannitol
  • you have advanced liver cancer

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Vidaza :

Some medical conditions may interact with Vidaza . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have kidney or liver problems

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Vidaza . However, no specific interactions with Vidaza are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if Vidaza may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Vidaza :

Use Vidaza as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Vidaza is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using Vidaza at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use Vidaza . Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • Do not use Vidaza if it is discolored or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
  • If Vidaza comes into contact with the skin, immediately and thoroughly wash it off with soap and water. If it comes into contact with mucous membranes (eg, eyes, nose, mouth, vagina), flush thoroughly with water.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of Vidaza , contact your doctor right away.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Vidaza .

Important safety information:

  • Vidaza may cause dizziness, fainting, or lightheadedness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Vidaza with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Vidaza may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting; alcohol, hot weather, exercise, or fever may increase these effects. To prevent them, sit up or stand slowly, especially in the morning. Sit or lie down at the first sign of any of these effects.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Vidaza before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Vidaza may reduce the number of clot-forming cells (platelets) in your blood. Avoid activities that may cause bruising or injury. Tell your doctor if you have unusual bruising or bleeding. Tell your doctor if you have dark, tarry, or bloody stools.
  • Vidaza may lower the ability of your body to fight infection. Avoid contact with people who have colds or infections. Tell your doctor if you notice signs of infection like fever, sore throat, rash, or chills.
  • Men should not father a child while using Vidaza . Talk with your doctor about using effective methods of birth control while using Vidaza .
  • Lab tests, including liver function tests, kidney function tests, and blood cell counts, may be performed while you use Vidaza . These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use Vidaza with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Vidaza should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Vidaza may cause harm to the fetus. Do not become pregnant while you are using it. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Vidaza while you are pregnant. It is not known if Vidaza is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Vidaza .

Possible side effects of Vidaza :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Anxiety; constipation; cough; diarrhea; dizziness; dry skin; headache; joint or muscle pain; loss of appetite; nausea; pain, swelling, or redness at the injection site; tiredness or weakness; trouble sleeping; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); black, tarry stools; bleeding at the injection site; blood in the urine; changes in vision; chest pain; confusion; dark urine; decreased or painful urination; fainting; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; irregular heartbeat; numbness of an arm or leg; seizures; shortness of breath; stomach or leg pain; sudden severe headache; swelling of the hands, arms, ankles, feet, or legs; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual or severe tiredness or weakness; vision changes; weight loss; yellowing of skin or eyes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include diarrhea; nausea; vomiting.

Proper storage of Vidaza :

Vidaza is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Vidaza at home, store Vidaza as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep Vidaza out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Vidaza , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Vidaza is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Vidaza . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

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