Alexan review

Alexan is an antineoplastic medication. It slows down the growth and spread of the cancer cells in the body to effectively cure certain types of cancer.


Alexan is available under the brand name DepoCyt, Tarabine PFS, and Cytosar U. It is given to individuals who have acute myeloid leukemia and lymphomas. It can also be used to cure herpes virus infection with its antiviral properties.

Alexan comes in various forms. It can be injected into the veins through cannula, a fine tube that is placed in the back of the hand. It can also be administered through a thin plastic tube that is inserted beneath the skin into a vein. It can also be given through a tube placed inside the PICC line, or through infusion via the cannula.


The dosage is usually dependent on the condition that is being treated, as well as the patient's response to therapy, the stage of cancer, the size of the body, and the other medications being used.

Treatment is usually given daily for a certain period followed by a break. The handling schedule is then repeated after the break.


Alexan may result to various side effects. For instance, patients may have a decreased resistance to infection. This can be experienced a week after taking Alexan. This is due to the reduction of white blood cells, making a person more likely to develop infections.

Patients may also experience bleeding since Alexan decreases the production of platelets instrumental in making the blood clot. Patients should inform their doctors if they experienced abnormal bleeding like nosebleeds, bleeding gums, and blood spots.

Users of Alexan may also experience a decrease in red blood cells, or anemia. This could result in patients becoming exhausted or breathless.

Those who use Alexan may also experience vomiting or wamble. This is usually experienced once the patient takes Alexan and may last for a couple of hours. Doctors usually prescribe anti-emetic medication to reduce these side effects.

Alexan may also result in users having diarrhea. This can be remedied by taking in more fluids like water.

Other side effects may include loss of appetite, increased uric acid level in the blood, sore ulcers and mouth, taste changes, and gritty eyes.


Cancer usually increases the chances of a patient developing thrombosis, and this risk can be further increased when undergoing chemotherapy. Blood clots usually cause symptoms like pain and skin edema of the leg, chest pains and breathlessness. Patients should inform their doctors if they have experienced any of these symptoms while taking Alexan.


Certain medications may interact negatively when taken with Alexan. Patients should reveal to their doctors any medication, whether prescription or non-prescription that they are taking.

Patients may also experience pain at the injection site while the medication is being administered. Patients should inform their doctor or nanny who can help in reducing the painful feeling.

Alexan may also affect the fertility of those who are using it. It is also not recommended for pregnant women since it can harm the developing fetus.

Alexan has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of alexan

 Molecular formula of alexan is C9H13N3O5
 Chemical IUPAC Name is 4-amino-1-[(2R,3S,4R,5R)-3,4-dihydroxy-5-(hydroxymethyl)oxolan-2-yl]pyrimidin-2-one
 Molecular weight is 243.217 g/mol
 Alexan available : 100mg tablets, 500mg tablets, 1g tablets and 2g tablets

Generic name: Cytarabine

Brand name(s): Arabinocytidine, Arabinosylcytosine, Arabitin, AraC, Aracytidine, Aracytin, Aracytine, Arafcyt, Citarabina, Cytarabin, Cytarabina, Cytarabinoside, Cytarabinum, Cytarbel, Cytosar, Cytosine, Depocyt, Erpalfa, Iretin, Spongocytidine, Tarabine, Udicil

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