Vidaza 100 mg (azacitidine 100 mg) is a cancer treatment.
It is a treatment for people who can’t have high dose treatment with a stem cell transplant for the following conditions:
- chronic myelomonocytic leukaemia (CMML)
- acute myeloid leukaemia (AML)
- myelodysplastic syndrome
Vidaza (azacitidine 100 mg) is a type of drug called a hypomethylating agent. Vidaza (azacitidine 100 mg) works by switching off a protein called DNA methyltransferase.
This switches on genes that stop the cancer cells growing and dividing. This reduces the number of abnormal blood cells and helps to control cell growth.
You usually have Vidaza 100 mg (azacitidine 100 mg) as an injection just under your skin (subcutaneously) given by a doctor or nurse. This can be in your upper arm, leg, buttock or stomach.
You might have stinging or a dull ache for a short time after this type of injection but they don’t usually hurt much. The skin in the area may go red and itchy for a while.
You usually have Vidaza 100 mg (azacitidine 100 mg) as a course of several cycles of treatment.
You have treatment each day for a week and then 3 weeks with no treatment. This makes up a treatment cycle. You usually have at least 6 cycles and the treatment continues for as long as it is working.
You can also have it Vidaza 100 mg (azacitidine 100 mg) every day, for 5 days. Then have 2 days off and have Vidaza (azacitidine 100 mg) again for 2 days at the start of the next week.
Each of these effects happens in more than 1 in 10 people (10%). You might have one or more of them.
- Increased risk of getting an infection
- Breathlessness and looking pale
- Bruising, bleeding gums or nosebleeds
- Feeling or being sick
- Tiredness and weakness (fatigue) during and after treatment
- Inflammation around injection site
- Skin rash
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- Breathlessness and cough
- Headaches and dizziness
- Aching joints and muscles
- Tummy (abdominal) pain
- High temperature
- Difficulty sleeping
- Low levels of potassium in your blood