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Dosing Information

The dose of gemcitabine 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 dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Gemcitabine Dosing for more information.)

Drug Interactions

Gemcitabine can potentially interact with a few other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Gemcitabine).

What If I Take an Overdose of Gemcitabine?

People who take too much gemcitabine may have overdose symptoms that could include:
  • Bone marrow depression (a decreased ability of the bone marrow to make blood cells)
  • A severe rash
  • Unusual sensations, such as burning or tingling.
It is unlikely for a person to overdose, however, as the medication is given by a healthcare provider.

What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose?

If you do not take your gemcitabine as scheduled, talk with your healthcare provider as soon as possible to set up your next infusion appointment.

Who Makes Gemcitabine?

Gemcitabine is currently made by Eli Lilly.

Is There a Generic Version?

Currently, this medication is available in generic form (see Generic Gemzar).
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