Idarubicin (Idamycin PFS)


Idarubicin (Idamycin) is a medication that is used in the treatment of certain types of leukemias.

Idarubicin is given by intravenous (IV) infusion in the hospital.

  • Due to possible discoloration of tears, contacts should not be worn when the drug is administered and for several days after administration.
  • Due to possible heart effects later, the total cumulative dose over time of this medication will be followed closely. Heart function studies will also be followed.
  • Use precaution when changing your child's diapers or soiled linens for 48 hours after a dose. Use gloves during this time to avoid contact with the medication.
  • Talk to your doctor before starting any new medications or over-the-counter medications. 
  • 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.

  • Temporary red-pink discoloration of urine can occur for up to 48 hours after a dose
  • Discoloration of tears
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Bone marrow suppression
  • Hair loss
  • Allergic reactions
  • Rash
  • Mouth sores and/or irritation 
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Damage to the skin if the medication leaks from a vein
  • Worsening of side effects caused by radiation
  • Facial flushing during the infusion of the medication
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pain or irritation at the site of injection
  • Severe nausea and vomiting

Last Updated 11/2013