Side effects are common with idarubicin and can include:
- Decreased numbers of Reference white blood cells Opens New Window, Reference red blood cells Opens New Window, and Reference platelets Opens New Window.
- Nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite.
- Headache or seizures.
- Cardiac problems, such as an enlarged heart and irregular heartbeat.
- Hair loss. Hair will grow back when treatment ends.
- Decreased platelet counts (thrombocytopenia), which may lead to bleeding in the digestive tract causing Reference tarry stools Opens New Window. It may also cause bleeding under the skin, in the urine, or other places in the body.
- Mouth sores (stomatitis).
Reference Peripheral neuropathies, which may be irreversible and
may be made worse by exercise. Symptoms include:
- Numbness and tingling.
- Unsteadiness when standing or walking.
- Clumsiness of the hands and feet.
- Cough and hoarseness.
- Eye problems such as blurred vision or loss of the ability to see colors.
- Kidney damage.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: December 17, 2010|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Brian Leber, MDCM, FRCPC - Hematology
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