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Brand name: Cytarabine (Pfizer (Perth))

Cytarabine (Pfizer (Perth)) is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) cytarabine. On this page you will find out more about Cytarabine (Pfizer (Perth)), including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: cytarabine

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Cytarabine (Pfizer (Perth)) 100 mg/5 mL injection solution, 5 mL vial

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What this medicine is for

Primarily for induction and maintenance of remission in acute myelocytic leukaemia of both adults and children. It has also been found to be useful in the treatment of other leukaemias such as acute lymphocytic leukaemia, chronic myelocytic leukaemia (blastphase) and erythroleukaemia. May be used alone or in combination with other antineoplastic agents, the best results often being obtained with combination therapy. Children with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma have benefited from a combination drug program (LSA 2L2) that includes cytarabine. INDICATIONS AS AT 24 OCTOBER 2001: Cytarabine is indicated primarily for: Induction and maintenance of remission in acute myelocytic leukaemia of both adults and children. It has also been found to be useful in the treatment of other leukaemias such as acute lymphocytic leukaemia, chronic myelocytic leukaemia (blast phase). Cytarabine may be used alone or in combination with other antineoplastic agents, the best results are often obtained with combined therapy. Children with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma have benefited from a combination drug program (LSA212) that includes cytarabine. Remissions induced by cytarabine not followed by maintenance treatment have been brief. Maintenance therapy has extended these and provided useful and comfortable remissions with relatively little toxicity. Cytarabine has been used intrathecally in meningeal leukaemia. Focal leukaemic involvement of the central nervous system may not respond to intrathecal cytarabine and may better be treated with radiotherapy.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance Clear colourless solution.
Dosage Form Injection, solution
Route of administration Intravenous
Medicine schedule
5mL x 1: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Vial
Storage temperature Store between 15-25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Protect from Light
Life time 18 Months
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