What is Gemcitabine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Gemzar

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See also: GEMOX protocol IGEV regimen

Gemcitabine is an anticancer drug used for breast cancer; nonsmall cell lung cancer or pancreatic cancer; advanced, relapsed ovarian cancer. It is used for Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas, bladder, cervical, hepatobiliary cancers and pleural mesothelioma.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Non-small cell lung cancer 2 0
Ovarian cancer 2 1
Pancreatic cancer 2 2
Lung cancer 1 0
Renal cell cancer 1 0

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
1
Moderate
1
Mild
1
None
0

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Gemcitabine

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 2
Mouth sores (ulcers) 2
Fever 1
Hair loss 1
Hypersensitivity pneumonitis 1
Itchy rash 1

Show all 7 reported side effects

Why patients stopped taking Gemcitabine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 1
Did not seem to work 1
Other 1
See all 3 patients who've stopped taking Gemcitabine

Duration

Stopped taking Gemcitabine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 1
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 2
Not specified 1

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Gemcitabine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Fluorouracil 1
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Gemcitabine.