Gemzar is a medicine prescribed for the treatment of different types of cancer, such as ovarian cancer, breast cancer, and pancreatic cancer. Because the medication is administered intravenously (through an IV), it is usually given at a healthcare provider's office, a hospital, or an infusion center. While Gemzar can kill both healthy and cancerous cells, it has a greater effect on cells that are multiplying rapidly.

Generally, cancer cells multiply more rapidly than healthy cells and are, therefore, more affected by Gemzar. Gemzar is manufactured by Eli Lily and Company. Gemzar may also be used for the treatment of other types of cancer. Among these other Gemzar uses are the treatment of bladder cancer and mesothelioma. The medication has not been approved for use in treating cancer in children

How to Use Gemzar Injection

  • Gemzar is given intravenously (by IV).
  • Most people receive their Gemzar injections at a healthcare provider’s office, a hospital, or an "infusion center."
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Gemzar will not work as well if you stop taking it before your healthcare provider recommends.

Cautions before Use Gemzar Injection

  • Gemzar can decrease the bone marrow’s ability to produce blood cells. This can result in anemia and other serious conditions.
  • Gemzar can cause lung damage in some people. Let your healthcare provider know right away if you have difficulty breathing while taking the medication.
  • Gemzar can cause kidney damage or liver problems. You may need blood tests to monitor your kidney and liver function while you are taking Gemzar.
  • Gemzar can cause lung damage in some people.

Gemzar Injection Side Effects

The side effects which may arise due to the usage of Gemzar are as follows:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Bleeding
  • Hair loss
  • Mouth sores
  • Drowsiness
  • Unusual sensations, such as burning or tingling
  • Blood in the urine
  • Nausea
  • Anemia
  • Low platelets in the blood

Gemzar Injection Reactions and Overdose

When certain medications such as "live" vaccinations, NSAIDs, salicylates, or warfarin — are taken together with Gemzar, drug interactions may potentially occur. For example, because chemotherapy drugs (including Gemzar) can suppress the immune system, you should generally avoid receiving live vaccinations during treatment with chemotherapy. Also, certain Gemzar interactions can increase a person’s risk of bleeding. It is important to talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist about any drug interactions with Gemzar that may apply to you.

Gemzar overdose effects may include numbness or tingly feeling, severe skin rash, fever, chills, flu which needs immediate medicate supportive care.


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