GEMCITABINE belongs to the group of anti-cancer drugs called cytotoxics used alone or in combination with other anti-cancer drugs to treat various types of cancers like breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, bladder cancer, and ovarian cancer. Cancer is the uninhibited and uncontrolled growth of cells in the body.
GEMCITABINE contains Gemcitabine which works by interfering with the synthesis of DNA, thereby causing cell death and arresting the uncontrolled production of new cells. Thus, GEMCITABINE is very effective in controlling cancer cells from multiplying and is used in the treatment of various types of cancers.
A healthcare professional will administer GEMCITABINE. Do not self-administer. GEMCITABINE may cause certain common side effects such as nausea, hair loss, skin rash, vomiting, and oedema. Most of these side effects do not require medical attention and will resolve gradually over time. However, you are advised to talk to your doctor if these side effects persist.
It is advisable to inform the doctor if you are allergic to any of the components. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant, or breastfeeding. Talk to your doctor if you are planning to father a child before taking GEMCITABINE; your doctor may advise you regarding sperm storage. Avoid taking alcohol with GEMCITABINE.
Breast Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Non-small-cell Lung Cancer, Bladder Cancer, and Ovarian Cancer.
GEMCITABINE is an anti-cancer drug used in the treatment of various types of cancers. GEMCITABINE is used either independently or in conjunction with other chemotherapy medications to treat breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, bladder cancer, and ovarian cancer. GEMCITABINE works by interfering with DNA synthesis. It blocks the production of new DNA, by locking itself into the DNA strands and inhibiting any further proliferation or growth of the cell. Hence, GEMCITABINE has widespread application in the field of oncology (cancer-related medicine) and chemotherapy.
GEMCITABINE should not be used in case of any known allergy to any of the components. GEMCITABINE should be used with caution in case of high risk or previous history of heart disease, vascular disease, liver problems, kidney disease or alcoholism. Keep your doctor informed if you suffer from any shortness of breath, kidney problems, hypertension diabetes or epilepsy. Avoid GEMCITABINE during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Offer a detailed medical history, vaccination history, and inform the doctor especially if you are on any radiotherapy.
Drug-Drug Interactions: GEMCITABINE may interact with analgesic (acetaminophen, aceclofenac), diuretic (acetazolamide), antiviral/anti-HIV drug (abacavir), anti-rheumatoid drug (abatacept), or any anticoagulants (acenocoumarol).
Drug-Food Interactions: GEMCITABINE may interact with ethanol.
Drug-Disease Interactions: GEMCITABINE should be used with caution in patients with a known hypersensitivity disorder, epilepsy, kidney disease, liver disease, lung or breathing disorders and insomnia.
It is not recommended to use alcohol with GEMCITABINE as it might lead to increased drowsiness.
GEMCITABINE should be avoided during pregnancy. Please consult your doctor if you have any concerns.
GEMCITABINE is not recommended during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor in case of any concerns.
GEMCITABINE may cause drowsiness and sleepiness, which may affect your ability to drive. Do not drive if you experience any side effects after using GEMCITABINE.
Exercise caution before using GEMCITABINE in case of established liver disease. Please consult your doctor to address any concerns.
Exercise caution before using GEMCITABINE in case of established kidney disease. Please consult your doctor to address any concerns.
GEMCITABINE is not recommended for use in children under 18 years of age. Please consult your doctor in case of any concerns.
Cancer: Cancer is a disorder in which some of the cells of the body grow at an abnormal rate and spread to other parts of the body they are not originally meant to be in. Cancer is acknowledged as a genetic disease. It is most probably inherited from either parent or a blood relative. Extreme weight loss, loss of appetite, extreme lethargy, anaemia (low blood levels) and giddiness are some of the common symptoms of cancer.