Description and Brand Names

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US Brand Name

  1. Gemzar

Descriptions


Gemcitabine belongs to the group of medicines called antimetabolites. It is used alone or in combination with other medicines to treat cancer of the breast, ovary, pancreas, and lung. It may also be used to treat other kinds of cancer, as determined by your doctor .

Gemcitabine interferes with the growth of cancer cells, which are eventually destroyed. Since the growth of normal cells may also be affected by the medicine, other effects will also occur. Some of these may be serious and must be reported to your doctor. Other effects, like hair loss, may not be serious but may cause concern. Some effects may occur after treatment with gemcitabine has been stopped.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although this use is not included in product labeling, gemcitabine is used in certain patients with the following medical conditions:

  • Bladder cancer
  • Cancer of the lymph system
  • Epithelial ovarian cancer
  • Cancer of the bile ducts
  • Cancer of the gallbladder
  • Germ cell tumors of the ovaries and testes (cancer of the egg- and sperm-producing cells)

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Solution
  • Powder for Solution