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Description

Azacitidine is a drug used to treat certain types of cancer, such as myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). It works by interfering with the growth of cancer cells, which stops them from multiplying. Azacitidine is also known as a cytotoxic drug, meaning it is toxic to cells.

Common side effects of azacitidine include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, chills, muscle and joint pain, and low blood cell counts. Other more serious side effects may include liver damage, infection, and an increased risk of bleeding.

Brand names associated with azacitidine include Vidaza, Dacogen, and Azacitid.

Synonyms
  • azacitidine
Classifications
  • antimetabolite
  • antineoplastic
  • pyrimidine

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