Daunorubicin - Drug Information

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General Information on Daunorubicin

Generic Name : Daunorubicin

Pronunciation : daw noe roo' bi sin

Latest prescription information about Daunorubicin. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.

Trade Names/Brand Names of Daunorubicin

India : 

International : 

Cerubidine, DaunoXome

Why is Daunorubicin Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a chemotherapeutic agent, prescribed for acute myeloid leukemia and acute lymphocytic leukemia. This medication slows the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.  

When should Daunorubicin not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with heart disease and hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category D :

There is an evidence of fetal risk based on adverse reaction data, but potential benefits may allow the drug to be used in pregnant women despite risks.

What is the dosage of Daunorubicin?

IV- Adult- The recommended dose is 60 – 75mg/m2/day BSA (body surface area), every 3 weeks.

How should Daunorubicin be taken?

It comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein.

What are the warnings and precautions for Daunorubicin?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with heart, kidney or liver disease, bone marrow depression, gout, any allergy, who are taking other medications, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
• Patient may develop with increased risk of heart disease (myocardial toxicity), bone marrow depression and secondary malignancy (cancer); if it is so consult with your doctor immediately.
• It may reduce platelet counts, which leads to bleeding; avoid injury or bruising.
• Monitor complete blood cell counts, heart, liver and kidney functions regularly while taking this medication.
• Avoid contact with people with infections.

What are the side effects of Daunorubicin?

   Skin : Rash, skin inflammation and hives.
   Gastrointestinal : Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain.
   Local : Cell death and painful induration.
   Miscellaneous : Fever, chills and rarely allergic reactions.

What are the other precautions for Daunorubicin?

Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages.
Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Daunorubicin?

Injection: Store it in refrigerator (2-8°C). Do not freeze.
Powder for injection: Store it at controlled room temperature (15-25°C).


Schedule : G

Drugs that are to be used only under medical supervision.

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