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Generic Name: cytarabine liposomal (sye TAR a been LYE poe SOE mal)
Brand Name: DepoCyt

What is DepoCyt?

DepoCyt is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.

DepoCyt is used to treat lymphoma associated with meningitis.

DepoCyt may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

DepoCyt is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.

You should not receive this medication if you have an active meningitis infection.

Call your doctor at once if you have nausea and vomiting with headache and fever. These may be early signs of central nervous system damage.

Before taking this medicine

You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to DepoCyt or if you have an active meningitis infection.

Before you use DepoCyt, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions.

Do not use DepoCyt if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether DepoCyt passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are receiving this medication.

How is cytarabine liposomal given?

DepoCyt is given as an injection through a needle placed into the space around your spinal cord. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting.

Call your doctor at once if you have nausea and vomiting with headache and fever. These may be early signs of central nervous system damage.

DepoCyt can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections and help your blood to clot. Your blood will need to be tested often. Your cancer treatments may be delayed based on the results of these tests.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Call your doctor for instructions if you miss an appointment for your DepoCyt injection.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while receiving DepoCyt?

This medicine can pass into body fluids (urine, feces, vomit). For at least 48 hours after you receive a dose, avoid allowing your body fluids to come into contact with your hands or other surfaces. Caregivers should wear rubber gloves while cleaning up a patient's body fluids, handling contaminated trash or laundry or changing diapers. Wash hands before and after removing gloves. Wash soiled clothing and linens separately from other laundry.

DepoCyt side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • nausea and vomiting with headache and fever;

  • neck stiffness or pain, seizure (convulsions);

  • extreme drowsiness, loss of muscle control;

  • confusion, personality changes, problems with memory or concentration, sleep problems, agitation;

  • problems with speech, vision, hearing, or balance,

  • numbness, tingling, or burning pain that interferes with daily activities;

  • loss of bladder or bowel control;

  • pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath, easy bruising, unusual bleeding; or

  • flu symptoms, sores in your mouth and throat.

Common side effects may include:

  • mild nausea, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain;

  • swelling in your hands or feet;

  • dizziness, tired feeling;

  • joint pain, back pain; or

  • pain in your arms or legs.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Side Effects (complete list)

What other drugs will affect DepoCyt?

Other drugs may interact with cytarabine liposomal, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about DepoCyt.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Date modified: January 03, 2018
Last reviewed: September 22, 2015