Cytarabine (DBL) - All You Need To Know In 2021
1 December 2021

Cytarabine (DBL)


What it is used for

Cytarabine may be used alone or in combination with other chemotherapeutic agents. It is indicated for induction of remission of leukaemia, particularly for acute myeloid leukaemia, in adults and children. Cytarabine has been used for remission induction in acute lymphocytic leukaemia, chronic myeloid leukaemia and erythroleukaemia; and in the treatment and maintenance therapy of meningeal leukaemia and other meningeal neoplasms.


How to take it

The way to take this medicine is: Intravenous. This medicine or fluids is given through a needle or tube (catheter) inserted into a vein.

  • Store between 15-25 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Light
  • Shelf lifetime is 18 Months.

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.


Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems


How to take it

The way to take this medicine is: Intravenous. This medicine or fluids is given through a needle or tube (catheter) inserted into a vein.

  • Store between 15-25 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Light
  • Shelf lifetime is 18 Months.

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.


Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient cytarabine

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.


Do I need a prescription?

These medicine packs are available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

  • 1x1mL (single onco vial) pack
  • 5x100mg/1mL pack

We are unable to tell you if you need a prescription for these medicines. You can ask your pharmacist. This medicine is Not Scheduled.

  • 5x100mg/1mL(E) pack

Visual appearance

Clear colourless solution

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