Cytarabine or Cytosine Arabinoside or ARA-C

(sye-TARE-a-been) (sye-toe-SENE ar-ah-BIN-oh-side) (era-see)

Cytarabine (cytosine arabinoside or ARA-C) is a drug used to treat certain types of cancer.

It is available as an injectable medication that may be given intravenously (IV), intramuscularly (into the muscle), subcutaneously (under the skin), or intrathecally (into the spinal fluid).

  • Your child's doctor may prescribe eye drops that are taken to help prevent eye irritation during therapy with cytarabine.
  • Fevers are common with this medication, especially within 24 hours of receiving cytarabine.
  • If too much medicine is taken by accident, call the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC), 513-636-5111 or 1-800-222-1222, or call your child's doctor immediately.
  • Keep this medication out of the reach of children.

For any medication information related to your child's dosing schedule and / or missed doses, contact the healthcare provider who prescribed the medication.

  • Hair loss
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sore throat / mouth or difficulty swallowing
  • Abdominal pain
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Decrease in blood cells
  • Severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Sever throat or mouth pain, or difficulty swallowing
  • Yellowing of the skin and / or eyes
  • Rash
  • Fever
  • Dizziness and / or confusion
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Itching or scaling skin especially on the palms and soles of feet
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Changes in vision and / or including tearing, eye pain, sensitivity to light, blurry vision
  • Feeling like something is in the eye
  • Bleeding or easy bruising

Last Updated 12/2013