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Idamycin PFS

Generic Name: idarubicin (eye-duh-ROO-bih-sin)
Brand Name: Idamycin PFS

Idamycin PFS must be given slowly and directly into a vein (intravenously) along with other IV fluids. Do not inject Idamycin PFS into the muscle (intramuscularly) or just beneath the skin (subcutaneously). If Idamycin PFS accidentally leaks into surrounding tissue, the skin and/or muscle may be severely damaged. Notify the doctor immediately if redness, pain, or swelling occurs at (or around) the injection site.

Idarubicin may cause heart problems (including heart failure) or bone marrow suppression, making it hard to fight off infections. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop an irregular heartbeat, trouble breathing, swelling of the hands or feet, easy bruising or bleeding, or signs of infection, such as fever, unusual fatigue, or persistent sore throat. People with heart conditions or people who have been treated with similar drugs (anthracyclines) are at greater risk for heart problems.


Idamycin PFS is used for:

Treating certain types of cancer (eg, acute myeloid leukemia). It is used along with other medicines. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Idamycin PFS is a cytotoxic agent. It works by inhibiting activities of the cancer cell necessary for life and growth. This prevents the cancer cell from reproducing and results in death of the cancer cell.

Do NOT use Idamycin PFS if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Idamycin PFS

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

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Before using Idamycin PFS:

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

  • if you are of childbearing age, 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 blood (eg, anemia), heart, liver, or kidney problems; bone marrow depression; a low white blood cell count; or infection
  • if you have a weakened immune system or heart disease or other heart problems

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

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Idamycin PFS 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 Idamycin PFS:

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

  • Idamycin PFS is usually administered as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you are using Idamycin PFS at home, carefully follow the injection procedures taught to you by your health care provider.
  • If Idamycin PFS contains particles or is discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged in any way, do not use it.
  • Drinking extra fluids while you are taking Idamycin PFS is recommended. Check with your doctor or nurse for instructions.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and away from pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Dispose of properly after use. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain local regulations for proper disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of Idamycin PFS, contact your doctor immediately.

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

Important safety information:

  • If nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetite occurs, ask your doctor or pharmacist for ways to lessen these effects.
  • Idamycin PFS may cause a serious reaction if it comes in contact with your skin. If this happens, wash the area with soap and water for approximately 15 minutes. Contact your doctor as soon as possible. The use of gloves while handling Idamycin PFS is recommended.
  • Idamycin PFS may lower your body's ability to fight infection. Prevent infection by avoiding contact with people with colds or other infections. Notify your doctor of any signs of infection, including fever, sore throat, rash, or chills.
  • Idamycin PFS may reduce the number of clot-forming cells (platelets) in your blood. To prevent bleeding, avoid situations in which bruising or injury may occur. Report any unusual bleeding, bruising, blood in stools, or dark, tarry stools to your doctor.
  • Idamycin PFS may discolor the urine. This is normal and not a cause for concern.
  • Check with your doctor before having vaccinations while you are using Idamycin PFS.
  • LAB TESTS, including complete blood cell count and liver and kidney function, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use Idamycin PFS with caution in the ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially the effects on the heart.
  • Idamycin PFS is not recommended for use in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Idamycin PFS has been shown to cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Idamycin PFS during pregnancy. It is unknown if Idamycin PFS is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while using Idamycin PFS.

Possible side effects of Idamycin PFS:

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:

Cramps; diarrhea; fever; hair loss; headache; hives; nausea; rash; stomach pain; swelling of mucous membranes; 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); changes in vision; chest pain; dizziness; fainting; infection (fever, chills, cough, sore throat); irregular heartbeat; numbness of an arm or leg; pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site; seizure; serious heart problems (eg, heart failure, serious irregular heartbeat, heart attack); severe stomach pain; sharp or crushing chest pain; sores on the mouth or lips; sudden leg pain; sudden severe headache; sudden shortness of breath; swelling of the feet, legs, or ankles; unusual bruising or bleeding; weakness.

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. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include serious digestion and heart problems.

Proper storage of Idamycin PFS:

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

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Idamycin PFS, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Idamycin PFS 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.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Idamycin PFS or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Idamycin PFS. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Idamycin PFS. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Idamycin PFS.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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