Understanding Side Effects
Report any side effects to your doctor or nurse as soon as they happen. Talk to
your doctor if you are nauseated or vomiting. Your doctor will likely give you medication to help reduce these side effects.
It is important to tell your
doctor or nurse about any side effects you may have so that you can discuss your
treatment plan. Some side effects related to VIDAZA, including a reduced blood cell
count, may lessen after the first few treatment cycles.
The most common side effects by subcutaneous injection include:
The most common side effects for an IV infusion are the same as those for a subcutaneous
injection, but also include:
- Small reddish-purple spots on the body
- Low potassium in the blood, or
Other side effects may occur, such as:
In some patients, treatment with VIDAZA may cause
myelosuppression. This common condition causes
to make fewer blood cells than normal.
can cause any or all of the following:
- Reduced RBC counts, also called
anemia—This may make you feel tired
- Reduced WBC counts, also called
neutropenia—This may make you more likely to get an infection
- Reduced platelet counts, also called
thrombocytopenia—This may cause bleeding for no reason (such as nosebleeds or bleeding gums)
Be sure to ask your doctor or nurse about any symptoms you may have or other side
effects that may occur. It is important to tell your doctor or nurse about any side
effects you may have so that you can discuss your treatment plan.
Nausea and vomiting
Nausea and vomiting are the most common side effects of treatment with VIDAZA. Your
doctor will likely give you medicine before your treatment to help reduce these
In addition, these tips may help with nausea and vomiting:
- Breathe deeply and slowly if you start to feel ill
- Eat several small meals daily instead of 3 large ones
- Avoid sweet, fried, or fatty foods
- To avoid cooking odors, eat foods cold or at room temperature
- Eat dry foods like toast (even before getting out of bed) if you feel ill in the
- Drink cool, clear, unsweetened fruit juices. You might try apple juice or light-colored
sodas that have lost their fizz
- Wear loose clothing
Injection site reactions
Another common side effect of treatment is an injection site reaction. An injection
site reaction can be anything from a bruise to a large, painful, red welt. Injection
site reactions usually go away after several days.
In addition, these tips may help with injection site reactions:
- If an injection site is painful or red, apply a compress for 15 minutes at a time.
You may use a cool or warm compress, whichever is more comfortable
- Do not use hot compresses; these may make your symptoms worse or make your skin
blister at the injection site
- Do not ice the injection site; this may affect how VIDAZA gets into your bloodstream
- When receiving VIDAZA treatment, you may want to ask the doctor or nurse to find
places where you can get your injection that will not be rubbed by your clothing
(such as a belt). Remember that other items (such as seat belts or elastic waistbands)
could make you uncomfortable
Please see Important Safety
Information and full Prescribing Information.