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If you are undergoing treatment with gemcitabine, dosing recommendations will be made based on several factors, such as your weight and height, the type of cancer you have, other medications you are taking, and existing medical conditions you may have. Gemcitabine is administered intravenously (through an IV). You will generally receive your gemcitabine dosage at your healthcare provider's office, a hospital, or an "infusion center."

An Introduction to Gemcitabine Dosing

The dose of gemcitabine (Gemzar®) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
  • The type of cancer being treated
  • Your height and weight
  • Other medications you may be taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
As always, do not adjust your gemcitabine dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Gemcitabine Dosing for Cancer
Your healthcare provider will base your gemcitabine dose on your body surface area (which is calculated using your height and weight). Your gemcitabine dose will vary depending on the type of cancer, the other chemotherapy medications you are taking, and whether you develop bothersome or dangerous gemcitabine side effects.

General Gemcitabine Dosing Information

Some considerations for people taking gemcitabine include:
  • Gemcitabine is given intravenously (by IV).
  • Most people receive their gemcitabine injections at a healthcare provider's office, a hospital, or an "infusion center."
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Gemcitabine will not work as well if you stop taking it before your healthcare provider recommends.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or gemcitabine dosing in general, talk with your healthcare provider, nurse, or pharmacist.
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