DepoCyt is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat certain types of leukemia and lymphoma that have spread to the meninges – the layers of tissue that cover the brain. DepoCyt may also be referred to by its drug name, Cytarabine liposome.
DepoCyt is an anticancer drug. DepoCyt is a member of a class of drugs called antimetabolites. DepoCyt is believed to work by interfering with the DNA synthesis in replicating cells.
How do I take it?
DepoCyt is usually administered by intrathecal (into the spinal canal) injection.
The FDA-approved label for DepoCyt lists common side effects including headache, confusion, weakness, dizziness, insomnia, lethargy, neck pain, back pain, fever, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, and urinary tract infection.
Rare but serious side effects listed for DepoCyt include permanent neurological deficits, seizures, blindness, deafness, fetal harm, impaired control over bladder and bowel, and chemical arachnoiditis or encephalopathy that can be potentially fatal.
For more details about this treatment, visit:
DepoCyt – RxList
Cytarabine – Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
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