Warning: Rare but serious side effects may occur when taking Gemzar.
They can include rapid heart beat, weakness, severe stomach pain, fainting, dizziness, and yellowing of the skin
and eyes. Call your doctor immediately if you experience any of these severe side effects. Common side effects
include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and pain and redness at the injection site. If you experience swelling of the face tongue or throat you may be having an
allergic reaction and you should seek immediate medical attention.
This is an intravenous chemotherapy drug that can be used alone or with other prescribed medications from your
doctor for the treatment of certain cancers. This drug is for the
treatment of breast, lung, ovarian, pancreatic and other malignancies such as bladder cancer and soft tissue
sarcomas. This drug works by stopping or slowing down the growth of cancer cells.
can also be recommended for other medical conditions which are not mentioned here.
Gemzar is given intravenously once a week by a health care professional or doctor. It is a chemotherapy drug and should only be administered by a professional. Do
not attempt to give yourself this medication. The dosage of this
medicine is determined by your doctor and based on your response to
the therapy. You will be closely monitored to determine if change in dosage is needed. Wash your skin immediately
with soap and water if it comes into contact with this drug.
Gemzar overdose can
cause serious health problem and fetal if the overdosing is high and long term. An overdose of
Gemzar can damage your bone marrow, and lead to serious infections. During the treatment and even months
after, avoid anything that can weaken your immune system and the risk of infection. If you think you have
taken an overdose, contact your doctor or the poison control center nearest you as soon as possible to reduce
or prevent complications.
Make sure you disclose all allergies to your doctor before taking this medication. This product may contain
ingredients you may be allergic to. Tell your doctor your complete
medical history before beginning this medication especially if you have had bone marrow problems or heart or
kidney problems. Tell your doctor if you have received radiation therapy. To avoid risk of infection during the
use of this medication, wash your hands thoroughly and avoid people who are sick. Use caution when handling sharp objects such as razors and nail cutters. To
reduce the risk of gum bleeding, use a soft bristle toothbrush. Do not take this medication if you are pregnant
and consult a doctor for birth control options. Although It is not
known whether or not the medication is passed into breast milk, talk to your doctor before you breastfeed while
is not recommended or should be used with precaution in case of the following conditions:
against yellow fever
with live attenuated vaccine or phenytoin.
Mechanism of action (MOA):
cancer cannot remain in the body if the malignant cells cannot divide rapidly; Gemzar selectively
inhibits the synthesis of DNA that allows the cells to divide, which slows or stops the growth of cancer cells.
It’s important to consult with your doctor before taking any other
prescribed or non prescribed medications with Gemzar. This includes herbal medications. Taking certain drugs
with this medication may change how it works. Write down all the medications you are taking and give the list to
your doctor. They will be able to check to see if the drugs you are taking are going to interact with this
medicine. It’s also very important to keep taking your medication
and not stop without a doctor’s approval. Because this drug is administered in a medical care facility by a
health care professional or doctor, they will be able to closely monitor you and adjust the dose of
Side effects: The fact that it attacks both
cancer and healthy cells that reproduce quickly, Gemzar always causes the
following side effects:
nausea and vomiting
Drying or darkening of the skin or nails
If the side effects above persist for weeks, contact your oncologist. In addition, contact your doctor if you
experience any of these symptoms:
muscle and/or bone
severe red skin rash
severe stomach pain
shortness of breath
sudden low or high blood pressure
painful urination or red urine
unusual bruising or bleeding
swelling of the feet or legs
yellowing of the skin or eyes
Swelling of the feet or ankles