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Generic name: Gemcitabine
Drug class: antimetabolites

What is Infugem?

Infugem can be used to treat cancers in the lungs, breast, ovary, and pancreas.

Infugem can be given in conjunction with other cancer medications or when other cancer treatments have failed or stopped working.This medication guide does not list all possible uses of Infugem.

Side effects of Infugem

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention: difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of your lips, face, or throat.

Call your doctor immediately if you:

  • Headache, confusion, change in mental status, vision loss, seizure (convulsions);
  • Blisters or ulcers on the mouth
  • Radiation treatment can cause severe skin redness or swelling.
  • Liver problems: loss of appetite, pain in the upper right corner, itching dark urine, clay-coloured stools, jaundice
  • Low blood cell count: fever; chills; fatigue; skin sores; and cold hands and feet.
  • Fluid buildup around or in the lungs causes pain when you breathe or feel short of breath. Wheezing, gasping for air, a foamy cough, and cold skin with clammy mucus. Anxiety or rapid heartbeats.
  • Signs of red blood cell damage include unusual bruising, bleeding, or pale skin. Other signs are bloody diarrhea or red or pink urine.

If you experience certain side effects, your cancer treatment may be permanently stopped or delayed.

Infugem can cause the following side effects:

  • Fever;
  • Nausea, vomiting;
  • Low blood cell count
  • Atypical blood or urine tests
  • Shortness of breath
  • You may experience swelling in your hands or feet.
  • Is a rash
  • Red or pink urine

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. The FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.


Infection increases your risk of bleeding and infection. If you notice unusual bleeding or bruising, or if there are new signs of infection, such as fever, chills, tiredness, bruising, bleeding, or pale skin, call your doctor.

Infection may also affect the liver, kidneys, or lungs. You should tell your doctor if there is stomach pain, dark or yellow urine, yellow eyes or skin, swelling, rapid or little weight gain, severe breathlessness, wheezing, or a cough with foamy, foamy mucus.Tell your doctor immediately if you experience severe skin redness or swelling.

Before you take this drug

Infugem should not be used if you have an allergy to it.

Inform your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease (especially cirrhosis);
  • Alcoholism;
  • Radiation treatment

Infugem is harmful to an unborn child if either the mother or father uses this medication.

  • Do not use Infugem while pregnant if you're a woman. Before starting treatment, you may need a negative pregnancy result. Use birth control while taking this medication and for 6 months following your last dose.
  • Use effective birth control if you're a man and your partner can get pregnant. Continue to use birth control at least three months after your last dose.
  • If you or your partner are using Infugem, tell your doctor immediately.

This medication may affect male fertility (the ability of men to have children). It is still important to use birth control to avoid pregnancy, as Infugem may harm the unborn child.Breastfeeding is not recommended while using Infugem and for 1 week following your last dose.

How to take Infugem?

Infrared can be infused into a vein. This injection will be given by a healthcare provider.If you experience any pain or swelling when Infugem injections are given, tell your carers.

If you accidentally get any of the medicine on your skin, clean it thoroughly with warm, soapy water.Infection increases your risk of bleeding and infection. You will be required to undergo frequent medical tests.

What happens if I miss the dose?

If you missed your appointment for Infugem, call your doctor to get instructions.

What happens if I overdose?

Call 1-800-222-1222 for poison help or seek immediate medical attention.

What should be avoided?

Avoid people who are ill or infected. Avoid any activity that increases your risk of injury or bleeding.

Avoid coming into contact with people who have recently received a vaccine that is "live". You could contract the virus. Live vaccines are available for measles (chickenpox), rubella (MMR), yellow fever (typhoid), varicella, zoster, and influenza (nasal flu).

Interaction with other drug

Infugem may be affected by other drugs, such as prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Inform your doctor of all the medicines you are taking and those that you stop or start using.