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Azacitidine (ay za SYE ti deen)

Pediatric Medication

Brand Names: U.S.

Vidaza

Brand Names: Canada

Vidaza

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to treat leukemia.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

  • If your child has kidney disease, talk with the doctor.
  • If your child has liver disease, talk with the doctor.
  • Have your child’s blood work checked often. Talk with your child’s doctor.
  • Check all drugs your child is taking with your child’s doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before your child gets any vaccines. Use with this drug may either raise the chance of very bad infection or make the vaccine not work as well.

What are some side effects that I need to call my child’s doctor about right away?

  • If any of this news causes you to be worried or if any of the unwanted side effects happen after your child is given this drug.
  • If your child shows signs of a very bad reaction, call your child’s doctor or the ER right away. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or if your child is not acting normal.
  • If your child shows signs of very bad dizziness or passes out.
  • If your child has a very bad upset stomach or is throwing up.
  • If your child has very hard stools (constipation).
  • If your child has very loose stools (diarrhea).
  • If your child gets a rash.
  • If your child’s health problem does not get better or if you think your child’s health problem is worse.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

  • Your child may have more chance of getting infections. Avoid crowds and people with infections, colds, or flu.
  • Anemia, low white blood cell count, and low platelet count.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals and good mouth care may help. Older children may suck hard, sugar-free candy. Your child may be given drugs to avoid these signs.
  • Fever.
  • Headache.
  • Irritation where the shot is given.
  • Feeling tired or weak.
  • Swelling in the arms or legs.
  • Hard stools (constipation). Drinking more liquids, working out, or adding fiber to your diet may help. Talk with your doctor about a stool softener or laxative.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.
  • It is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.
  • It is given as a shot into a vein over a period of time.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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