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Idamycin PFS

Generic name: idarubicin (EYE da ROO bi sin)
Brand name: Idamycin PFS
Drug class: Antibiotics / antineoplastics

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Dec 10, 2020. Written by Cerner Multum.

What is Idamycin PFS?

Idamycin PFS is used in combination chemotherapy to treat acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a type of blood cancer.

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

Warnings

Idamycin PFS can increase your risk of bleeding or infection. Call your doctor if you have unusual bruising or bleeding, or new signs of infection (fever, chills, tiredness).

Idamycin PFS may cause dangerous effects on your heart, especially if you have heart problems, if you have received certain cancer drugs in the past, or if you are over 60.

Seek medical attention right away if you have chest pain, irregular heartbeats, shortness of breath, swelling, or rapid weight gain.

Before taking this medicine

Idamycin PFS may cause dangerous effects on your heart. especially if you have heart problems, if you have received certain cancer drugs in the past, or if you are over 60.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • heart problems;

  • radiation treatment;

  • chemotherapy with doxorubicin, daunorubicin, epirubicin, Idamycin PFS, or mitoxantrone;

  • bone marrow suppression;

  • liver or kidney disease;

  • gout;

  • anemia (low red blood cells); or

  • sepsis (a severe reaction to an infection).

It is not known whether Idamycin PFS will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

You should not breastfeed while using this medicine.

How is Idamycin PFS given?

Idamycin PFS is given as an infusion into a vein. A healthcare provider will give you this injection.

Idamycin PFS is usually given together with other cancer medicines. You may be given other medications to prevent nausea, vomiting, or infections.

Tell your caregivers if you feel any burning, pain, or swelling around the IV needle when Idamycin PFS is injected.

If any of this medication accidentally gets on your skin, wash it thoroughly with soap and warm water.

Idamycin PFS can increase your risk of bleeding or infection. You will need frequent medical tests. Your liver, kidney, and heart function may also need to be checked.

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What happens if I miss a dose?

Call your doctor for instructions if you miss an appointment for your Idamycin PFS.

What happens if I overdose?

Since Idamycin PFS is given by a healthcare professional in a medical setting, an overdose is unlikely to occur.

What should I avoid while receiving Idamycin PFS?

Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Tell your doctor at once if you develop signs of infection.

Avoid activities that may increase your risk of bleeding or injury. Use extra care to prevent bleeding while shaving or brushing your teeth.

Idamycin PFS side effects

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

Idamycin PFS may cause dangerous effects on your heart. Tell doctor right away if you have chest pain, shortness of breath (even with mild exertion), swelling, or rapid weight gain.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • irritation or skin changes where the injection was given;

  • fever, chills, tiredness, feeling light-headed or short of breath.

  • pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding (nosebleeds, bleeding gums);

  • pain, blisters, bleeding, or severe rash on the palms of your hands or the soles of your feet;

  • sores or white patches in or around your mouth; or

  • severe nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, or diarrhea.

Common side effects may include:

  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea;

  • mouth sores;

  • bleeding;

  • headache;

  • rash; or

  • hair loss.

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.

What other drugs will affect Idamycin PFS?

Tell your doctor about all other cancer medicines you have received in the past 7 months, especially:

This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect Idamycin PFS, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.

Further information

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.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.