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Gemzar

What is Gemzar

Gemzar is a cancer (antineoplastic) medication. Gemzar interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their growth and spread in the body.

Gemzar is used in the treatment of cancers of the pancreas, lung and breast.

Gemzar may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

General medical information about Gemzar

Gemzar should only be administered under the supervision of a qualified healthcare provider experienced in the use of cancer chemotherapeutic agents.

Serious side effects have been reported with the use of Gemzar including: allergic reactions (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives); decreased bone marrow function and blood problems (extreme fatigue; easy bruising or bleeding; black, bloody or tarry stools; fever or chills; or signs of infection); kidney failure; severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite; and others. Talk to your doctor about the possible side effects from treatment with Gemzar.

What you should discuss with your doctor before using Gemzar

Do not use Gemzar without first talking to your doctor if you have
- kidney disease;
- liver disease; or
- poor bone marrow function.

The use of Gemzar may be dangerous if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Gemzar is in the FDA pregnancy category D. This means that Gemzar is known to be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use Gemzar without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. Discuss with your doctor the appropriate use of birth control during treatment with Gemzar.

It is not known whether Gemzar passes into breast milk. Do not take Gemzar without first talking to your doctor if you are breast feeding a baby.

The safety and effectiveness of Gemzar in children has not been established.

How should you use Gemzar

Gemzar should only be administered under the supervision of a qualified healthcare provider experienced in the use of cancer chemotherapeutic agents.

Your doctor will determine the correct amount and frequency of treatment with Gemzar depending upon the type of cancer being treated and other factors. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns regarding the treatment schedule.

Your doctor will probably want you to have regularly scheduled blood tests and other medical evaluations during treatment with Gemzar to monitor progress and side effects.

Skin accidentally exposed to Gemzar should be rinsed thoroughly with soap and warm water.

Your healthcare provider will store Gemzar as directed by the manufacturer. If you are storing Gemzar at home, follow the directions provided by your healthcare provider.

If you miss a dose:

Contact your doctor if you miss a dose of Gemzar.

What happens if you overdose:

If for any reason an overdose of Gemzar is suspected, seek emergency medical attention or contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Symptoms of a Gemzar overdose tend to be similar to side effects caused by the medication, although often more severe.

What should you avoid while using Gemzar

Gemzar can lower the activity of your immune system making you susceptible to infections. Avoid contact with people who have colds, the flu, or other contagious illnesses and do not receive vaccines that contain live strains of a virus (e.g., live oral polio vaccine) during treatment with Gemzar. In addition, avoid contact with individuals who have recently been vaccinated with a live vaccine. There is a chance that the virus can be passed on to you.

Skin accidentally exposed to Gemzar should be rinsed thoroughly with soap and warm water.

Possible side effects of Gemzar

If you experience any of the following serious side effects from Gemzar, seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:
- an allergic reaction (including difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
- decreased bone marrow function and blood problems (extreme fatigue; easy bruising or bleeding; black, bloody or tarry stools; or fever, chills, or signs of infection);
- tissue or vein reactions near the site of administration;
- blood in the urine;
- little or no urine production;
- severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; or
- difficulty in breathing.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue taking Gemzar and talk to your doctor if you experience:
- flu-like symptoms (fever, weakness, loss of appetite, cough, chills and muscle pain);
- mouth or lip sores;
- mild to moderate nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea;
- nerve problems such as burning, pricking or tingling;
- swelling of the feet or ankles;
- rash, itching, or hives; or
- temporary hair loss.

Other side effects have also been reported. Discuss with your doctor any side effect that occurs during treatment with Gemzar.

What other drugs will affect Gemzar

Do not receive "live" vaccines during treatment with Gemzar. Administration of a live vaccine may be dangerous during treatment with Gemzar.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Gemzar. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products, during treatment with Gemzar.

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