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Brand name: Daunorubicin (Pfizer (Perth)) TM

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Active ingredients: daunorubicin

What it is used for

INDICATIONS AS AT 22 NOVEMBER 2004 : Daunorubicin Injection is indicated for the treatment of the following: Acute lymphocytic (lymphoblastic) leukaemia: Daunorubicin is usually reserved for use in cases shown to be resistant to other drugs. However, combined treatment with daunorubicin, vincristine and a steroid has been used in the early stages of this disease. Acute myeloblastic leukaemia: Daunorubicin has been used in all stages, alone or in combination with other cytotoxic agents (e.g. cytarabine). Disseminated solid tumours: Daunorubicin has been investigated for use in these tumours and found to be effective in some cases of disseminated neuroblastoma and rhabdomyosarcoma.

How to take it

The way to take this medicine is: Intravenous. This medicine or fluids is given through a needle or tube (catheter) inserted into a vein.

  • Store at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Light
  • Shelf lifetime is 24 Months.

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Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

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