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Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
Idarubicin Hydrochloride 1 mg/ml Solution for injection will be referred to as Idarubicin
Injection throughout the remainder of the leaflet
What is in this leaflet:
What Idarubicin Injection is and what it is used for
What you need to know before you are given Idarubicin Injection
How Idarubicin Injection will be given to you
Possible side effects
How to store Idarubicin Injection
Contents of the pack and other information


What Idarubicin injection is and what is it used for

The name of your medicine is Idarubicin Injection. It contains an active ingredient called idarubicin
hydrochloride, which belongs to a group of drugs called anthracyclines. It is used for the treatment of
certain types of leukaemia (cancer of the white blood cells). It may also be used in combination with
other cancer medicines.


What you need to know before you take Idarubicin injection

Do not take Idarubicin Injection:

If you are allergic to idarubicin or any of the other ingredients in this medicine (listed in section

If you have had an allergic (hypersensitive) reaction to any other anti cancer medicines such as
daunorubicin or doxorubicin.

If you suffer from severe liver or kidney problems.

If your bone marrow function is decreased, i.e your bone marrow is producing fewer blood
cells. This may be due to previous treatment with medicines containing the same active
substance, similar drugs, or recent radiotherapy.

If you have an infection which is not under control.

If you suffer from severe cardiac or heart problems or if you have recently had a heart attack.

If you suffer from severe heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy)

If you have an irregular heart beat (arrythmia)

If you have had previous treatment at maximum doses with idarubicin and / or any other similar
medicines such as daunorubicin or doxorubicin

If you are breast feeding (see ‘Pregnancy and breast-feeding’)

If you have taken the yellow fever vaccine.
Warnings and precautions

Idarubicin Injection is given to you with special care in case of one of the following conditions:

Your doctor may wish to delay your next course of treatment until your blood has recovered.
You will have regular blood tests to check this

Idarubicin injection may cause harm to your heart. If you have suffered from heart trouble in the
past, or are presently receiving treatment, please make sure your doctor knows. You may have
regular tests to check the functions of the heart, prior to and during treatment with Idarubicin

Infants and children seem to be more sensitive to heart damage caused by antracyclins.

Idarubicin may harm an unborn baby. You are advised to use effective birth control whether
male or female, to prevent pregnancy during treatment with Idarubicin (see ‘Pregnancy and

Problems with kidneys or liver.
Your doctor will be making regular checks as follows:

Blood tests to make sure there are enough blood cells for your blood to function

Blood tests to check for uric acid levels

Heart tests since Idarubicin can affect your heart

Blood tests to check your liver is working properly; Idarubicin can affect the liver.
Your urine may have a red colour for 1 to 2 days after treatment with Idarubicin. Please check with
your doctor or pharmacist in case you have any questions or are worried about the colour of your
Other medicines and Idarubicin injection
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other
In particular, you should tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any of the following

other medicines against cancer affecting the bone marrow function

Cyclosporine A (immunosupressant medicine)

live vaccines like yellow fever vaccine

medicines for heart diseases (e.g. calcium channel blockers)

potentially cardiotoxic (harmful to the heart) medicines (e.g. cyclophosphamide)

medicines affecting your liver or kidney function

medicines used to prevent blood clotting (e.g. acenocoumarol)

medicines used to treat convulsions (e.g. phenytoin and fosphenytoin)
Also tell your doctor if you are receving ratiotherapy.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask
your doctor or pharmacist for advice before you are given this medicine.
You should not be treated with Idarubicin unless clearly indicated by your doctor. Your doctor will
need to consider any possible risks to you or your child.
If you are a woman of childbearing potential you should avoid becoming pregnant during treatment
with Idarubicin.
If you are a man you should avoid fathering a child during treatment with Idarubicin and for 3 months
thereafter. There is a risk that treatment with Idarubicin will lead to male infertility and you may wish
to seek advice about sperm storage before the treatment starts.

You should not breast-feed whilst receiving Idarubicin, as some of the drug may get into your milk
and possibly harm your child.
Ask your doctor for advice before taking any medicine.
Driving and using machines
The effects of Idarubicin injection on the ability to drive and use machines has not been fully
Please check with your doctor before you drive or operate machinery.


How Idarubicin injection will be given to you

Idarubicin injection will be given to you by injection into your veins as a drip only. Your doctor or
specialist will prescribe the required amount (the dose). The dose is decided by taking into account
your condition being treated, your height and weight. From your height and weight the doctor will
work out your body surface area; this is necessary because the dose is usually calculated as "...
milligrams per square metre" (mg/m2), given by injection, on 3-5 consecutive days.
However, your doctor may alter the dose and number of days depending on your condition and any
other treatment you may receive.
If you are given more Idarubicin Injection than you should have received
It is most unlikely that you will be given too much medicine by your nurse or doctor. Your doctor and
nurse will be monitoring your progress, and checking the medicine that you are given. Always ask if
you are not sure why you are getting a dose of medicine.


Possible side effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms after taking this
medicine. Although they are very rare the symptoms can be severe.

You may have allergic reactions such as feel dizzy, feverish, short of breath with a tight chest,
with or without an itchy rash.
You have an inflammation of the pericardium (the fibrous sac surrounding the heart),
inflammation of the heart muscle, a disease of the electrical system of the heart.
A condition in which a blood clot that has formed inside a blood vessel or inside the heart,
redness of the skin, typically over the cheeks or neck.
Stomach ulcer (abdominal pain or burning sensation).
Hand foot syndrome (tingling, redness, flaking, swelling or small sores on the palms of the
hands or soles of the feet).
Anaemia (low red cells) that can leave you feeling tired and lethargic.
Leukopenia (low white cells) leading to increased chance of infections with symptoms of
raised temperature or fever and chills (like flu).
Thrombocytopenia (low platelets, these help the blood to clot). You may bruise more easily or
bleed more than usual if you hurt yourself.
Tumour lysis syndrome (severe infections can occur after treatment with idarubicin alone or in
combination with other medicines, and may be fatal).

The following side effects have been reported at the approximate frequencies shown:

Very common:

(may affect more than 1 in 10 people)


(may affect up to 1 in 10 people)


Blood infection, bacteria in the blood.
Cancers of blood such as secondary leukaemia or unfavourable
leukaemia (acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) or myelodysplastic
syndrome (MDS)).
Painful joints due to increased uric acid levels in your blood (gouty
ECG changes.
Inflammation of the oesophagus, inflammation of the colon.
Darkening of the skin and nails.
Excessive loss of body fluid.
Spreading of bacterial infection below the skin surface and tissue
Heart attack.

(may affect up to 1 in 1000 people)

Very rare:

Increase or decrease in heart rate, irregular heart beat/pulse, heart
failure, heart attack.
Inflammation of the vein, swelling (inflammation) of a vein caused by
a blood clot.
Bleeding from the intestines, bellyache.
Liver enzyme elevation.
Rash, itch.
Increased sensitivity of irradiated skin ‘radiation recall reaction’.

(may affect up to 1 in 100 people)


Decrease in number of red blood cells, reduced numbers of white
blood cells, abnormally low amount of platelets.
A lack or loss of appetite for food.
Feeling sick or being sick, the painful inflammation and ulceration of
the mucous membranes lining the digestive tract, diarrhoea, stomach
Hair loss.
Red colouration of urine
Fever (rise in temperature)


(may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)

Serious allergic reaction.
Inflammation of the pericardium (the fibrous sac surrounding the
heart), defect in the heart’s electrical system.
Minor ulceration of the gastric mucosa.
Hand foot syndrome.
Inflammation of covering of the heart and heart muscle.

Not known:


(frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)

Change in certain chemicals in the blood.

Abnormally low levels of all blood cells produced by the bone

Local skin reaction.

Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

How to store Idarubicin injection

Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
This medicine should not be used after the expiry date which is stated on the carton. The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month.
Store in a refrigerator (2°C to 8°C) and in the original packaging in order to protect from light.
When the vials are opened, the product should be used immediately. Any unused product should be
Do not use Idarubicin injection if you notice any visible signs of deterioration.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to
throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.

Contents of the pack and further information

What Idarubicin Injection contains

The active substance is idarubicin hydrochloride. Each ml of solution for injection contains 1mg
idarubicin hydrochloride.
Each vial of 5 ml solution for injection contains 5mg idarubicin hydrochloride.
Each vial of 10 ml solution for injection contains 10mg idarubicin hydrochloride.

The other ingredients are glycerol, hydrochloric acid and water for injections
What Idarubicin Injection looks like and contents of the pack
Idarubicin injection is a clear, orange-reddish solution, free from visible particles.
This medicine is supplied to the hospital as glass vials containing 1 mg/ml Idarubicin hydrochloride in
carton boxes. It is available as a ready to use injectable solution and comes in two sizes:

5 mg of idarubicin hydrochloride in 5 ml solution

10 mg of idarubicin hydrochloride in 10 ml solution
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer

Marketing Authorisation Holder
TEVA UK Limited,

BN22 9AG

Teva Pharmaceutical Works Private Limited Company
Táncsics Mihály út 82.
H-2100 Gödöllő,

Pharmachemie B.V.
P.O. Box 552; 2003 RN Haarlem
The Netherlands
Rue Bellocier
89107 Sens
Brampton Road
Hampden Park
East Sussex
BN22 9AG
Teva Operations Poland Sp. Z.o.o.,
Mogliska 80 Str.
31-546 Kraków

This leaflet was last revised in June 2015.
PL 00289/1080
* Only the actual site of batch release will appear on the printed version of the leaflet

The following information is intended for healthcare professionals only:
The following protective recommendations are given due to the toxic nature of this substance:

This product should be handled only by personnel who have been trained in the safe handling of
such preparations.

Pregnant staff should be excluded from working with this drug.

Personnel handling Idarubicin injection should wear protective clothing: goggles, gowns and
disposable gloves and masks.

All items used for administration or cleaning, including gloves, should be placed in high risk,
waste-disposal bags for high temperature incineration.

The solution is hypotonic and the recommended administration procedure described below must
be followed.
Intravenous administration:
Idarubicin injection must be administered only by the intravenous route. A slow administration over 5
to 10 minutes via the tubing of a freely running intravenous infusion of sodium chloride 9 mg/ml
(0.9%) solution for infusion must be followed. A direct push injection is not recommended due to the
risk of extravasation, which may occur even in the presence of adequate blood return upon needle
Spillage or leakage should be treated with dilute sodium hypochlorite (1% available chlorine) solution,
preferably by soaking, and then with water.
All cleaning materials should be disposed of as indicated previously. Accidental contact with the skin
and eyes should be treated immediately by copious lavage with water, or sodium bicarbonate solution,
medical attention should be sought.
Discard any unused solution.

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