Dacogen (decitabine) is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.

Dacogen is used to treat myelodysplastic syndromes (certain types of blood or bone marrow cancer).

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  • Dacogen
  • More common
    Black, tarry stools
    bladder pain
    bleeding after defecation
    bleeding gums
    blood in urine or stools
    bloody or cloudy urine
    blue lips and fingernails
    blurred vision
    body aches or pain
    chest pain
    chills
    coma
    congestion
    convulsions
    cough
    coughing that sometimes produces a pink frothy sputum
    decreased urination
    difficult, burning, or painful urination
    difficult, fast, noisy breathing, sometimes with wheezing
    dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position
    drowsiness
    dry mouth
    dryness of throat
    facial swelling
    fainting
    fast or irregular heartbeat
    feeling unusually cold
    fever
    flushed, dry skin
    frequent urge to urinate
    fruit-like breath odor
    headache
    hives or welts
    hoarseness
    increased hunger
    increased sweating
    increased thirst
    increased urination
    itching, pain, redness, swelling, tenderness, or warmth on skin
    lightheadedness
    loss of appetite
    lower back or side pain
    mood or mental changes
    muscle pain or cramps
    muscle spasms or twitching
    nausea or vomiting
    nervousness
    numbness or tingling in hands, feet, or lips
    pale skin
    pinpoint red spots on skin
    redness or pain at the catheter site
    runny nose
    seizures
    shivering
    shortness of breath
    skin rash
    small clicking, bubbling, or rattling sounds in the lung when listening with a stethoscope
    small red or purple spots on skin, lips or in mouth
    sneezing
    sore mouth or tongue
    sore throat
    sores, ulcers, or white spots on lips or in mouth
    stomach pain and bloating
    sunken eyes
    swelling of face, hands, ankles, feet, or lower legs
    swollen, painful, or tender lymph glands in neck, armpit, or groin
    tightness in chest
    trembling
    trouble in swallowing
    troubled breathing with exertion
    uncomfortable swelling around anus
    unexplained weight loss
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    voice changes
    weakness or heaviness of legs
    wheezing
    white patches in mouth and/or on tongue
    wrinkled skin
    yellow eyes or skin
    Less common
    Collection of blood under skin
    deep, dark purple bruise
    diarrhea
    pain or tenderness around eyes and cheekbones
    pain, warmth, or burning in fingers, toes, and legs
    problems with vision or hearing
    skin scrape or burn
    stuffy nose
    swelling at injection site
    Some of the side effects that can occur with decitabine may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    More common
    Acid or sour stomach
    anxiety
    back pain
    belching
    bumps on skin
    burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
    chest discomfort
    constipation
    difficulty swallowing
    fall
    hair loss, thinning of hair
    heartburn
    indigestion
    loose stools
    muscle stiffness
    pain in arms or legs
    pain in joints
    sleeplessness
    stomach discomfort or upset
    swelling or inflammation of the mouth
    trouble sleeping
    unable to sleep
    unusual drowsiness, dullness, or feeling of sluggishness
    Less common
    Difficulty in moving
    general feeling of discomfort or illness
    muscle aching
    pain in the tongue
    postnasal drip
    pressure in the stomach
    swollen joints
  • (decitabine) injection, powder, lyophilized, for solution