What is Gemoxen (Gemcitabine) used for?
Gemoxen (Gemcitabine) is used in the treatment of certain types of cancer, including ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, and breast cancer. Gemcitabine is an antimetabolite and works by preventing certain proteins from being made that are necessary for tumor growth.
How should I use Gemoxen (Gemcitabine)?
Gemoxen is given intravenously, usually at a doctor's surgery or hospital. If administering at home, make sure the person giving the injection or infusion has been taught how to do so properly.
Each vial of Gemoxen contains 1g of gemcitabine. Your doctor will advise you of your required dosage which will vary from person to person.
What are the side effects of Gemoxen (Gemcitabine)?
Gemoxen can cause some side effects in some people.
Some side effects are common and only a cuase for concern if the become persistent or become troublesome to you. The most common of these side effects are:
- hair loss
- trouble sleeping
Other side effects are more serious. Seek medical attention urgently if you expperience any of these sever side effects:
- severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue)
- blood in the urine
- burning, numbness, or tingling
- change in the amount or color of urine produced
- chest pain
- irregular heartbeat
- one-sided weakness
- pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site
- painful or frequent urination
- severe or persistent dizziness or headache
- severe or persistent stomach pain
- slurred speech
- swelling of the hands, ankles, legs, or feet
- swelling or soreness of the mouth or tongue
- symptoms of infection (eg, fever, chills, persistent cough or sore throat)
- symptoms of liver problems (eg, dark urine, pale stools, persistent loss of appetite, stomach pain, yellowing of the skin or eyes)
- unusual bruising or bleeding
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- vision problems
Before taking Gemoxen (Gemcitabine):
- tell your doctor of all medicines you are taking including prescription and non-prescripion products
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant or think there is a chance you may be pregnant as Gemcitabine can cause damage to the fetus
- tell your doctor if you have bone marrow problems, liver or kidney problems, or diabetes
While you are taking Gemoxen (Gemcitabine):
- avoid any situations that can cause bleeding or bruising as Gemcitabine can reduce platelets and inhibit wound healing
- avoid contact with people with colds or infections as Gemcitabine can reduce your body's ability to fight infection
- avoid any live vaccines
- make sure to use suitable forms of barrier contraception to prevent conception