This medicine, like all medicines used to treat cancer, is very strong. Make sure you understand why you are getting it and what the risks and benefits of treatment are. It is important for you to work closely with your doctor.
Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it will be given.
Your medicine will be given through a tube put in one of your veins, usually in your arm, wrist, or hand and sometimes in your chest. This is called an intravenous (in-tra-VEEN-us), or IV.
A nurse or other person trained to give cancer drugs will give your treatments.
Do not get the medicine on your skin. If this happens wash the area with soap and water, and tell your caregiver.
If a dose is missed:
This medicine needs to be given on a regular schedule. If you miss a dose, call your doctor, home health caregiver, or the clinic where you get your treatments for instructions.
Do not breastfeed while you are being given this medicine.
If you start to have pain, redness, or swelling where the IV is given tell your health caregiver right away.
You may get infections more easily while you are getting idarubicin. Stay away from crowds or people with colds, flu, or other infections.
This medicine may make your mouth sore and irritated. Brush your teeth with a soft-bristle toothbrush or mouth swab.
Idarubicin can cause nausea and vomiting. Your doctor may prescribe medicine to keep you from feeling sick and throwing up. If the medicine does not help (you can't keep liquids down), call your doctor.
Do not get pregnant while you or your sexual partner are receiving idarubicin. Use an effective method of birth control while being treated with this medicine.
If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor before you start your treatments.