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Daunorubicin Powder for I.V. Injection IP 20mg (Oxirvera) Taj Pharma



Daunorubicin 20mg Injection is used for the treatment of blood cancer (leukemia). It works by interfering with the growth of cancer cells, which are eventually destroyed.

Daunorubicin 20mg Injection is given under the supervision of a healthcare professional and should not be self-administered. It might be given as a single therapy or in combination with some other medication. Your doctor will decide what dose is necessary and how often you need to take it. This will depend on what you are being treated for and may change from time to time. You should take it exactly as your doctor has advised. Taking it in the wrong way or taking too much can cause very serious side effects. It may take several weeks or months for you to see or feel the benefits but do not stop taking it unless your doctor tells you to. You should avoid drinking alcohol as it may increase your risk of liver damage.

The most common side effects of this medicine include nausea, vomiting, low platelet count, ulcer, loss of appetite and difficulty while breathing. If they do not go away or get worse, tell your doctor. There may be ways of preventing or reducing these effects. It is very strong medicine and some people may develop serious side effects while taking it. This medicine may lower your ability to fight infections and lead to problems with your blood, liver or kidneys. Your doctor will advise you regular blood tests to check for these.

Before taking it, tell your doctor if you have liver, or kidney problems or are taking any medicines to treat infections. Many other medicines can affect, or be affected by, this medicine so let your doctor know all medications you are using. This medicine is not recommended during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. It may harm your baby. You and your partner should avoid becoming pregnant or fathering a child for several months after your treatment with it has stopped. Your doctor may perform several tests such as blood tests, ECG, and physical examinations both before and during treatment with this medicine.


  • Blood cancer



  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Low blood platelets
  • Ulcer
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Decreased white blood cell count
  • Hair loss
  • Fever
  • Decreased blood cells (red cells, white cells, and platelets)
  • Fatigue
  • Anemia (low number of red blood cells)
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Mucosal inflammation
  • Febrile neutropenia
  • Stomatitis (Inflammation of the mouth)
  • Breathing problems


Your doctor or nurse will give you this medicine. Kindly do not self administer.


Daunorubicin 20mg Injection is an anti-cancer medication. It works by damaging the genetic material (DNA) of the cancer cells and stops their growth and multiplication.




It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Daunorubicin 20mg Injection. Please consult your doctor.



Daunorubicin 20mg Injection is unsafe to use during pregnancy as there is definite evidence of risk to the developing baby. However, the doctor may rarely prescribe it in some life-threatening situations if the benefits are more than the potential risks. Please consult your doctor.



Daunorubicin 20mg Injection is unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Data suggests that the drug may cause toxicity to the baby.



Daunorubicin 20mg Injection may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.



Daunorubicin 20mg Injection should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Daunorubicin 20mg Injection may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Daunorubicin 20mg Injection is not recommended in patients with severe kidney disease.



Daunorubicin 20mg Injection should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Daunorubicin 20mg Injection may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Daunorubicin 20mg Injection is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease.

Daunorubicin Powder for I.V. Injection IP 20mg (Oxirvera) Taj Pharma


Daunorubicin Powder for I.V. Injection IP 20mg Taj Pharma


Each vial contains 21.4 mg daunorubicin hydrochloride (equivalent to 20 mg as base).

For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1


Film-coated tablet

Purple, oval-shaped, film-coated tablets (20 mm long by 10 mm wide)


4.1 Therapeutic indications

Daunorubicin is indicated for the following:

– Inducing remissions of acute myelogenous and lymphocytic leukaemias.

– For the treatment of acute lymphocytic leukaemia and acute myloid leukaemia in children, as part of a combination regimen.

4.2 Posology and method of administration

Adults: 40 – 60 mg/m2?on alternate days for a course of up to three injections for the induction of remissions.

Acute myelogenous leukaemia:The recommended dose is 45 mg/m2
Acute lymphocytic leukaemia:The recommended dose is 45 mg/m2

Paediatric population: Daunorubicin dosage for children (over 2 years) is usually calculated based on the body surface area and adjusted to meet the individual requirements of each patient, on the basis of clinical response and the patients’ haematological status. Courses may be repeated after 3 to 6 weeks.

Current specialised protocols and guidelines should be consulted for appropriate treatment regimen.

For children over 2 years the maximal cumulative dose is 300 mg/m2.

For children under 2 years of age (or below 0.5m2?body surface area), the maximum cumulative dose is 10mg/kg.

Elderly: Daunorubicin should be used with care in patients with inadequate bone marrow reserves due to old age. A reduction of up to 50% in dosage is recommended.

The number of injections required varies widely from patient to patient and must be determined in each case according to response and tolerance.

The dosage should be reduced in patients with impaired hepatic or renal function. A 25% reduction is recommended in patients with serum bilirubin concentrations of 20 – 50 ?mol/l or creatinine of 105 – 265 ?mol/l. A 50% reduction is recommended in cases with serum bilirubin concentrations of above 50 ?mol/l or creatinine of above 265 ?mol/l.

Daunorubicin is extremely irritating to tissues and may only be administered intravenously after dilution. Daunorubicin should be administered through a large vein and the infusion should be kept free flowing. When second or subsequent injections are given, the doses and time intervals depend on the effect of the previous doses and must be the subject of careful deliberation, examination of the peripheral blood and, under some circumstances, of the bone marrow.

The effect of Daunorubicin on the disease process and on normal blood precursors cannot be exactly predicted for any particular case. The difference between incomplete treatment, a satisfactory remission and overdosage with possible irreversible aplasia of the bone marrow depends on the correct choice of dosage, time intervals and total number of doses.

4.3 Contraindications

Hypersensitivity to the active substance, any anthracyclines or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1.

Daunorubicin should not be used in patients:

  • recently exposed to, or with existing, chicken pox or herpes zoster.
  • with persistent myelosuppression
  • with severe infection
  • with severe hepatic or renal function impairment
  • with myocardial insufficiency
  • having had recent myocardial infarction
  • with severe arrhythmias

Do not administer by the intramuscular route.

Daunorubicin hydrochloride must not be used if the cumulative highest dose of daunorubicin hydrochloride (500-600 mg/m2?in adults, 300 mg/m2?in children of 2 years and older, 10mg/kg body weight in children under 2 years) or another cardiotoxic anthracycline has already been previously administered, as otherwise the danger of life-threatening cardiac damage markedly increases.

Women must not breastfeed during treatment.

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

Special warnings

When handling daunorubicin hydrochloride all contact with the skin and mucous membranes must be avoided. Increased safety precautions for doctors and nursing staff should be observed because of the potentially mutagenic and carcinogenic action of daunorubicin hydrochloride. Special caution is also advisable for the contact with patients’ excrement and vomit as they may contain daunorubicin or an active metabolite. Pregnant personnel must not be allowed to come into contact with cytostatics.

Precautions for use

Daunorubicin should be used under the direction of a clinician conversant with the management of acute leukaemia and cytotoxic chemotherapy. The haematological status of patients should be monitored regularly.

Relative contraindications are high-grade pancytopenia or isolated leuko-/thrombo-cytopenia.

Further relative contraindications are severe cardiac arrhythmias in particular ventricular tachycardias or arrhythmias with clinically relevant hemodynamic effects and clinically manifest heart failure ? even in the history, myocardial infarction, severe disorders of the kidneys and liver, pregnancy and a poor general condition of the patient. The treating physician should weigh the benefits and risks and decide, in each individual case, on the treatment.

Uncontrolled infections, especially viral diseases (Herpes zoster) can develop into life-threatening exacerbations after daunorubicin hydrochloride administration because of its immunosuppressive effect.

Special caution should be exercised in patients with preceding, concurrent or planned radiotherapy. These patients have an increased risk of local reactions in the radiation area (recall phenomena) during treatment with daunorubicin hydrochloride. A preceding radiation of the mediastinum increases the cardiotoxicity of daunorubicin hydrochloride.

Patients should recover from acute toxicities of prior cytotoxic treatment (such as stomatitis, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, and generalized infections) before beginning treatment with daunorubicin.

Haematopoietic system

After administration of a therapeutic dose, myelosuppression will occur in all patients. Reversible bone marrow suppression develops dose-dependently and consists primarily of leukopenia, granulocytopenia (neutropenia) and thrombocytopenia. Anaemia occurs more rarely. The nadir is achieved 8 to 10 days after starting therapy. Recovery generally occurs 2 to 3 weeks after the last injection. To avoid myelotoxic complications, careful monitoring of the blood count before and during treatment with special attention to the leukocytes, granulocytes, platelets and erythrocytes is necessary. Fever, infections, sepsis, septic shock, hemorrhages and tissue hypoxia may occur as sequelae of the myelosuppression and these may even lead to death. It must be guaranteed that a severe infection and/or bleeding episode can be treated quickly and effectively. Myelosuppression may require intensive supportive treatment.

Secondary Leukaemia

Secondary leukaemia, with or without a pre-leukaemic phase, has been reported in patients treated with anthracyclines, including daunorubicin. Secondary leukaemia is more common when such drugs are given in combination with DNA-damaging antineoplastic agents, in combination with radiotherapy, when patients have been heavily pre-treated with cytotoxic drugs, or when doses of the anthracyclines have been escalated. These leukaemias can have a 1- to 3-year latency period.


Damage to the myocardium is one of the major risks of treatment with daunorubicin hydrochloride. Toxic myocardial damage by daunorubicin hydrochloride can occur in two forms. The dose-independent ?acute type? is manifested by supraventricular arrhythmias (sinus tachycardia, premature ventricular contractions, AV-block) and/or non-specific ECG abnormalities (ST-T wave changes, low voltage QRS complex, T waves). Angina pectoris, myocardial infarction, endomyocardial fibrosis, pericarditis/myocarditis have also been reported. In the ?delayed type?, congestive cardiomyopathy may develop, especially after high cumulative doses of daunorubicin hydrochloride. Sometimes this occurs during therapy, but frequently also only months to years after completing treatment and is clinically manifested by global heart failure, which occasionally leads to death through acute heart failure. The severity and frequency of these side effects depend on the cumulative daunorubicin hydrochloride dose. Careful monitoring of the cardiac function before, during and after treatment is therefore recommended in order to identify the risk of cardiac complications as early as possible. For routine monitoring the most suitable means are ECG and the determination of the left ventricular ejection fraction (UCG, MUGA scan).

The threshold dose for adults is about 550 mg/m2, for children over two years of age about 300 mg/m2?and for children under 2 years about 10 mg/kg body weight.

Risk factors for cardiac toxicity include active or dormant cardiovascular disease, prior or concomitant radiotherapy to the mediastinal/pericardial area, previous therapy with other anthracyclines or anthracenediones, and concomitant use of drugs with the ability to suppress cardiac contractility or cardiotoxic drugs (e.g., trastuzumab). Anthracyclines including daunorubicin should not be administered in combination with other cardiotoxic agents unless the patient’s cardiac function is closely monitored. Patients receiving anthracyclines after stopping treatment with other cardiotoxic agents, especially those with long half-lives such as trastuzumab, may also be at an increased risk of developing cardiotoxicity. Under these conditions, a total cumulative dose of 400 mg/m2 in adults should be exceeded only with extreme caution.

Elderly patients, patients with a history of cardiac disease or manifest arterial hypertension and thoracic irradiation are endangered to a greater degree, as are also children.

Under these conditions, a total cumulative dose of 400 mg/m2?should not be exceeded in adults. Because of an increased risk of myocardial damage in children and adolescents, long-term cardiologic follow-up observation is recommended in these cases.

Several long-term studies in children also suggest that after anthracycline treatment congestive cardiomyopathies with a latency of many years and a progredient course may occur.

In comparison to adults, already lower cumulative total doses probably lead to clinically relevant cardiac dysfunction. A publication by Steinherz et al. (JAMA, Sep 25, 1991 ? Vol 266, no. 12) describes the cardiotoxic long-term side effects of doxorubicin and daunorubicin hydrochloride in 201 treated children. The patients received a cumulative total dose of doxorubicin and/or daunorubicin hydrochloride between 200 and 1275 mg/m2?(median 450 mg/m2), partly also mediastinal radiation. Treatments took place 4 to 20 years ago (median 7 years). The cardiotoxicity of doxorubicin was assumed to be comparable to that of daunorubicin hydrochloride. An impaired cardiac pumping function was seen if the shortening fraction in the echocardiogram was determined to be <29 % or the ejection fraction in the radionucleide ventriculogram <50 % or a decrease was observed upon physical exercise. The incidence of an impaired cardiac function was 11% when the cumulative anthracycline dose was below 400 mg/m2, 28% at a dose between 400mg and 599mg/m2?and 47% at a dose between 600 and 799mg/m2?and 100% in seven patients who had received more than 800mg/m2. Additional radiation increased the incidence of cardiac dysfunction at each dose stage. 9 out of 201 examined patients additionally experienced cardiac symptoms in the form of cardiac insufficiency, conduction disorders and arrthymias. In 4 out of the 9 patients affected, symptoms occurred for the first time 12 to 18 years after completion of chemotherapy.

Liver and renal function

Daunorubicin hydrochloride is metabolized predominantly in the liver and is excreted via the bile. To avoid complications monitoring of the liver function before starting treatment with daunorubicin hydrochloride is recommended. Impairment of liver function requires a dose reduction, which is based on the serum bilirubin level.

Impaired renal function can also induce an increase in toxicity. The renal function should therefore be monitored before starting treatment.

Daunorubicin should be used with care in patients at risk of hyperuricaemia (e.g. in the presence of gout, urate and renal calculi), tumour cell infiltration of the bone marrow and in patients with inadequate bone marrow reserves due to previous cytotoxic drug or radiation therapy. The cumulative dose of Daunorubicin should be limited to 400 mg/m2?when radiation therapy to the mediastinum has been previously administered. The dose of Daunorubicin should not be repeated in the presence of bone marrow depression or buccal ulceration.

Hyperuricemia and uric acid nephropathy may occur as a consequence of massive death of the leukaemic cells with possible impairment of renal function, especially in the presence of elevated pre-treatment WBC counts. The extent is dependent on the total tumor mass. Prophylactic administration of allopurinol is necessary in the treatment of acute leukaemia (first cycle) in order to avoid tubulus damage with renal failure for the above reasons. The development of a nephrotic syndrome may be induced. Blood uric acid levels, potassium, calcium phosphate, and creatinine should be evaluated after initial treatment. Hydration, urine alkalinisation, and prophylaxis with allopurinol to prevent hyperuricemia may minimise potential complications of tumor-lysis syndrome.

Immunosuppressant effects/Increased susceptibility to infections

Administration of live or live-attenuated vaccines in patients that are immuno-compromised by chemotherapeutic agents, including daunorubicin, may result in serious or fatal infections. Vaccination with a live vaccine should be avoided in patients receiving daunorubicin. Killed or inactivated vaccines may be administered; however, the response to such vaccines may be diminished.

Gastrointestinal disorders

Daunorubicin may cause nausea and vomiting. Severe nausea and vomiting may produce dehydration. Nausea and vomiting may be prevented or alleviated by the administration of appropriate antiemetic therapy.

Mucositis/stomatitis generally appears early after drug administration and, if severe, may progress over a few days to mucosal ulcerations. Most patients recover from this adverse event by the third week of therapy.

Cases of colitis, enterocolitis and neutropenic enterocolitis (typhlitis) have been observed in patients treated with daunorubicin. Treatment discontinuation and prompt appropriate medical treatment are recommended (see section 4.8).

General disorders and administration site conditions

After paravasal administration local irritation and, depending on the quantity involved, severe cellulitis, painful ulceration and tissue necrosis will occur. Under some circumstances they may require surgical intervention. Irreversible tissue damage is possible. Local phlebitis, thrombophlebitis and/or venous sclerosis/phlebosclerosis may also occur, especially if daunorubicin hydrochloride is injected into small vessels or repeatedly into the same vein. The risk of phlebitis/thrombophlebitis can be minimised by following the procedures recommended in section 4.2.

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders

Complete alopecia involving beard growth and the scalp, axillary and pubic hair occurs almost always with full doses of daunorubicin. This side-effect may cause distress to patients but is usually reversible, with regrowth of hair, which usually occurs within two to three months from the termination of therapy.

Reproductive system and breast disorders

Daunorubicin hydrochloride inhibits fertility. Amenorrhea and azoospermia may occur. The severity is dose dependent. Irreversible disorders of fertility are possible (see section 4.6).

Care should be taken to avoid extravasation during intravenous administration. All steps should be taken to avoid tissuing and bandages should be avoided. Facial flushing or erythematous streaking along veins indicates too rapid injection. If tissue necrosis is suspected, the infusion should be stopped immediately and resumed in another vein. Where extravasation has occurred, an attempt should be made to aspirate the fluid back through the needle. The affected area may be injected with hydrocortisone. Sodium bicarbonate (5ml of 8.4% w/v solution) may also be injected in the hope that through pH change the drug will hydrolyse. The opinion of a plastic surgeon should be sought as skin grafting may be required.

Application of ice packs may help decrease local discomfort and also prevent extension. Liberal application of corticosteroid cream and dressing the area with sterile gauze should then be carried out.

Infections and infestations

Each patient should be given a clinical and bacteriological examination to determine whether infection is present; any infection should be adequately eliminated before treatment with Daunorubicin which might depress the bone marrow to the point where anti-infective agents would no longer be effective. If during daunorubicin treatment a patient becomes febrile (regardless of the neutrophil count), treatment with broad spectrum antibiotics should be initiated. If facilities are available, patients should be treated in a germ-free environment or, where it is not possible, reverse barrier nursing and aseptic precautions should be employed.

Anti-infective therapy should be employed in the presence of suspected or confirmed infection and during a phase of aplasia. It should be continued for some time after the marrow has regenerated. Care should also be used in patients at risk of infection.

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

As daunorubicin hydrochloride is in most cases used as part of a combination therapy with other cytostatics, total toxicity may be potentiated particularly with regard to myelosuppression and gastrointestinal toxicity.

Concurrent use of daunorubicin hydrochloride and other cardiotoxic substances, or a radiation therapy of the mediastinum, increases the cardiotoxicity of daunorubicin hydrochloride. Therefore, as with concurrent administration of other cardioactive substances (e.g. calcium antagonists), an especially careful supervision of the heart function during the entire therapy is required. If patients were/are (pre)treated with medicinal products influencing the bone marrow function (e.g. cytostatics, sulfonamides, chloramphenicol, diphenylhydantoin, amidopyrine derivatives, antiretroviral agents) the possibility of a marked disorder of hematopoiesis should be borne in mind. The dose of daunorubicin hydrochloride should be modified if required. If combined with other cytostatics (e. g. cytarabin, cyclophosphamide), the toxic effects of the daunorubicin hydrochloride therapy may be potentiated.

Daunorubicin hydrochloride is mainly metabolized in the liver; each accompanying medication influencing liver function may also influence the metabolism or pharmacokinetics of daunorubicin hydrochloride and as a consequence influence efficacy and/or toxicity. The combination of daunorubicin hydrochloride with potentially hepatotoxic medicinal products (e.g. methotrexate) may upon impairment of the hepatic metabolism and/or biliary excretion of daunorubicin hydrochloride lead to an increase in toxicity of the substance. This may result in a potentiation of the side effects.

Upon concurrent administration of other cytostatics, the risk for the incidence of gastrointestinal side effects increases. Medicinal products leading to a delayed excretion of uric acid (e.g. sulfonamides, certain diuretics) may cause potentiated hyperuricemia upon concurrent use of daunorubicin hydrochloride.

It should generally be taken into consideration that the intake and absorption of oral accompanying medicinal products may be considerably influenced by an oral and gastrointestinal mucositis frequently occurring in association with an intensive daunorubicin hydrochloride-containing chemotherapy.

In association with the concurrent intake of thrombocyte aggregation inhibiting substances (e.g. acetylsalicylic acid), an additionally increased bleeding tendency must be anticipated in thrombocytopenic patients.

No vaccinations with viable pathogens should be carried out during daunorubicin hydrochloride therapy.

4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation

Fertility and Contraceptive Measures

Daunorubicin could induce chromosomal damage in human spermatozoa. Men should receive counselling on sperm conservation before start of daunorubicin treatment because of the possibility of irreversible infertility.

Men undergoing treatment with daunorubicin should use effective contraceptive methods during and up to 6 months after treatment.

Women of childbearing potential have to use effective contraception during treatment with daunorubicin. For women who want to become pregnant after completing daunorubicin treatment, genetic counselling is also recommended.


Daunorubicin crosses the placenta and experiments in animals have shown it to be mutagenic, carcinogenic and teratogenic.

Studies in animals have shown reproductive toxicity (see section 5.3). Like most other anticancer drugs, daunorubicin has shown embryotoxic, teratogenic, mutagenic and carcinogenic potential in animals. There are no or limited amount of data from the use of daunorubicin in pregnant women, although a few women who received daunorubicin during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy have delivered apparently normal infants.

According to experimental data, the drug must be considered as a potential cause of foetal malformations when administered to a pregnant woman. Daunorubicin should not be used during pregnancy unless the clinical condition of the woman requires treatment with daunorubicin and justifies the potential risk to the foetus. Women of child-bearing potential who have to undergo daunorubicin therapy should be apprised of the potential hazard to the foetus and should be advised to avoid becoming pregnant during treatment. If the drug is used during pregnancy, or if the patient becomes pregnant while receiving the drug, the woman should be informed of the potential hazard to the foetus. The possibility of genetic counselling should also be utilized. In any case, cardiologic examination and a blood count are recommended in foetuses and newborns born to mothers who received treatment with daunorubicin during pregnancy.


It is unknown whether daunorubicin/metabolites are excreted in human milk; other anthracyclines are excreted in breast milk. Daunorubicin is contraindicated during breast-feeding (see section 4.3).

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

Daunorubicin hydrochloride causes episodes of nausea and vomiting, which sometimes can lead to impairment of the ability to drive or use machines.

4.8 Undesirable effects

Blood and the lymphatic system disordersBone marrow failure, Leucopenia, anaemia, granulocytopenia (neutropenia), thrombocytopenia
Infections and infestationsSerious infections (including sepsis, septic shock and pneumonia), which sometimes can be fatal
Immune system disordersAnaphylaxis and anaphylactoid reactions
Metabolism and nutrition disordersDehydration, tumour lysis syndrome, acute hyperuricaemia
Neoplasms benign, malignant and unspecified (including cysts and polyps)Secondary leukaemia has been reported in association with daunorubicin when used in combination with other antineoplastics
Cardiac disordersCardiomyopathy (clinically manifested by dyspnea, cyanosis, dependent oedema [peripheral, cardiac], hepatomegaly, ascites, pleural effusion and overt congestive heart failure), endomyocardial fibrosis, myocardial ischemia (angina) and myocardial infarction, pericarditis/myocarditis, supraventricular tachyarrhythmias (such as sinus tachycardia, premature ventricular contractions, heart block)
Vascular disordersShock, haemorrhage, flushes
Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disordersTissue hypoxia
Gastrointestinal disordersMucositis/stomatitis (pain, or burning sensation, erythema, erosions-ulcerations, bleeding, infections), esophagitis, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, colitis including neutropenic enterocolitis (typhlitis), enterocolitis
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disordersAlopecia (reversible), contact dermatitis, erythema, hypersensitivity to irradiated skin (‘radiation recall reaction’), pruritus, skin rash, skin and nail hyperpigmentation, urticaria
Renal and urinary disordersNephrotic syndrome, uric acid nephropathy, red color of urine for 1 to 2 days after administration
Reproductive system and breast disordersAmenorrhea, azoospermia
Congenital, familial and genetic disordersAplasia
General disorders and administration site conditionsDeath, fulminant hyperpyrexia, perivenous extravasation (immediate local pain/burning sensation, severe cellulitis, painful ulceration and tissue necrosis), venous sclerosis/phlebosclerosis, thrombophlebitis, local phlebitis, pain, fever, chills
InvestigationsECG abnormalities (such as non-specific ST-T wave changes, low voltage QRS complex, T waves), transient elevations in serum bilirubin, aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alkaline phosphatase concentrations

Bone marrow depression

In every patient bone marrow function will be depressed by treatment with Daunorubicin and in a variable proportion of cases, severe aplasia will develop. The consequence may include severe infection and opportunistic infection.

Leucopenia is usually more significant than thrombocytopenia. The nadir for leucopenia usually occurs between 10 – 14 days and recovery occurs gradually over the next 1 – 2 weeks. Bone marrow depression must be anticipated in every case by eliminating infection before treatment, by isolating the patient from infection during treatment and by means of supportive therapy. This includes the continuous administration of anti-infective agents, the administration of platelet-rich plasma or fresh whole blood transfusion and, under some circumstances, the transfusion of white cell concentrates.

Rapid destruction of a large number of leukaemia cells may cause a rise in blood uric acid or urea and so it is a wise precaution to check these concentrations three or four times a week during the first week of treatment. Fluids should be administered and allopurinol used in severe cases to prevent the development of hyperuricaemia.

Patients with heart disease should not be treated with this potentially cardiotoxic drug. Cardiotoxicity, if it occurs, is likely to be heralded by either a persistent tachycardia, shortness of breath, swelling of feet and lower limbs or by minor changes in the electrocardiogram and for this reason an electrocardiographic examination should be made at regular intervals during the treatment. Cardiotoxicity usually appears within 1 to 6 months after initiation of therapy. It may develop suddenly and not be detected by routine ECG. It may be irreversible and fatal but responds to treatment if detected early.

The risk of congestive heart failure increases significantly when the total cumulative dosage exceeds 600mg/m2?in adults, 300mg/m2?in children over 2 years or 10mg/kg in children under 2 years. Cardiotoxicity may be more frequent in children and the elderly. The dosage should be modified if previous or concomitant cardiotoxic drug therapy is used.

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions

Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product.

4.9 Overdose

Overdosage and intoxication

Very high single doses of daunorubicin hydrochloride may cause acute myocardial degeneration within 24 hours and severe myelosuppression within 10 – 14 days.

The occurrence of cardiac damage up to several months after an overdose has been reported for anthracyclines.

Treatment of intoxication

A specific antidote for daunorubicin hydrochloride is not known. In case of myocardial weakness, a cardiologist should be consulted and treatment with daunorubicin hydrochloride withdrawn. In the presence of marked myelosuppression suitable supportive treatment should be initiated, depending on which myelopoietic system is mostly affected, e. g. the transfer of the patient to an aseptic room or transfusion of the lacking cell elements.


Paravenous injection leads to local necroses and thrombophlebitis. Should a burning sensation develop in the region of the infusion needle, this indicates paravenous administration.

Treatment of extravasation

If extravasation occurs, the infusion or injection should be stopped immediately. The needle should initially be left in place and then removed after brief aspiration. It is recommended that dimethyl sulfoxide 99 % (DMSO 99 %) should be applied locally to an area twice as large as the area affected (4 drops for 10 cm2?skin surface) and that this should be repeated three times daily over a period of at least 14 days. If necessary, debridement should also be considered. Because of the contradictory mechanism, cooling of the area, e. g. to reduce pain, should take place sequentially with the DMSO application (vasoconstriction versus vasodilatation). Other measures given in literature are disputed and are not of unequivocal value.


5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Daunorubicin is an anthracycline glycoside antibiotic and is a potent antileukaemic agent. It also has immunosuppressant effects.

The exact mechanism of antineoplastic action is uncertain but may involve binding to DNA by intercalation between base pairs and inhibition of DNA and RNA synthesis by template disordering and steric obstruction. Daunorubicin is most active in the S-phase of cell division but is not cycle phase specific. Tumour cell cross-resistance has been observed between daunorubicin and doxorubicin.

No controlled paediatric studies have been conducted.

The literature mentions the use of daunorubicin in treatment regimens for ALL and AML, including paediatric age groups. However, due to the ongoing search for a balance in gain or maintenance of efficacy and a decrease in toxicity the use of daunorubicin in the treatment of paediatric ALL and AML is fluctuating in clinical practice, mainly depending on risk stratification and specific subgroups. Published studies suggest no differences in safety profile between paediatric patients and adults.

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties

Daunorubicin is rapidly taken up by tissues, especially by the kidneys, spleen, liver and heart. It does not cross the blood-brain barrier, subsequent release of drug and its metabolites from the tissues is slow (t? = 55 hours). Daunorubicin is rapidly metabolised in the liver. The major metabolite daunorubicinol is also active. Daunorubicin is excreted slowly in the urine, mainly as metabolites with 25% excreted in the first 5 days. Biliary excretion also makes a significant (40%) contribution to elimination.

5.3 Preclinical safety data

No further information available.


6.1 List of excipients


6.2 Incompatibilities

The reconstituted solution is incompatible with heparin sodium injection and dexamethasone sodium phosphate

6.3 Shelf life

3 years.
After reconstitution Daunorubicin should be used within 24 hours.

6.4 Special precautions for storage

Store below 25?C and protect from light.

After reconstitution Daunorubicin should be stored at 2 – 8?C, protected from light.

6.5 Nature and contents of container

Glass vial with rubber cap

Pack sizes of 1 vial and 10 vials.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed

6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

The contents of a vial should be reconstituted with 4ml of Water for Injection giving a concentration of 5 mg per ml. The calculated dose of Daunorubicin should be further diluted with normal saline to give a final concentration of 1 mg per ml. The solution should be injected over a 20 minute period into the tubing, or side arm, of a well placed, rapidly flowing i.v. infusion of normal saline (to minimise extravasation and possible tissue necrosis). Alternatively, the Daunorubicin may be added to a minibag of sodium chloride injection 0.9% and this solution infused into the side arm of a rapidly flowing infusion of normal saline.

7. Manufactured in India By:
Mumbai, India
Survey No.188/1 to 189/1,190/1 to 4,
Athiyawad, Dabhel,
Daman- 396210 (INDIA)

Daunorubicin Powder for I.V. Injection IP 20mg (Oxirvera) Taj Pharma
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  3. How to take Daunorubicin
  4. Possible side effects
  5. How to store Daunorubicin
  6. Contents of the pack and other information

The name of your medicine is Daunorubicin 20mg Powder for I.V. Injection (called daunorubicin in this leaflet). It belongs to a group of medicines used to treat acute leukaemia.

Daunorubicin works by attacking and destroying the abnormal white blood cells which are present in a person with leukaemia.

Information about Leukaemia

Leukaemia is the name for a number of diseases of the white blood cells, which form part of your blood. These cells are produced in your bone marrow. In leukaemia, the white blood cells multiply in an uncontrolled and abnormal way.

The most common signs of leukaemia are:

  • Increased number of white cells in the blood. This causes easy bruising and nose bleeds
  • Feeling tired, faint, dizzy, having pale skin. These could be symptoms of anaemia
  • Extreme tiredness (exhaustion), and headaches
  • Bone and joint pain
  • Severe infection and fever


Before treatment, you should discuss the risks and benefits of this medicine with your doctor.

Do not have Daunorubicin if:

  • You are sensitive to, or allergic to, daunorubicin or other anthracyclines or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6)
    Signs of an allergic reaction include: a rash, swallowing or breathing problems, swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue
  • You have chicken pox or shingles, or you have been in recent contact with anyone who has chicken pox or shingles
  • You have an infection, fever or high temperature
  • You have any heart problems
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You have a lot of mouth ulcers

Do not have daunorubicin if any of the above applies to you. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or nurse.

Warnings and precautions

Talk to your doctor or nurse before you are given Daunorubicin if:

  • You have had radiation treatment to the chest
  • You have had any other medicines to treat leukaemia (or cancer)
  • You have or have ever had gout
  • You have or have ever had kidney stones or any other kidney problems
  • You have any liver problems
  • You are sexually active, you are advised to use effective birth control to prevent pregnancy during treatment, whether you are male or female.

Talk to your doctor or nurse during use of Daunorubicin:

  • If you notice any pain in your side, blood in your urine or reduced amount of urine. When your disease is very severe, your body may not be able to clear all the waste products from the dying cancer cells. This is called tumour lysis syndrome and can cause kidney failure and heart problems soon after the first dose of daunorubicin. Your doctor will be aware of this and may give you other medicines to help prevent it.
  • If you have abdominal pain as a result of inflammation of the bowels (colitis).

If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or nurse before being given daunorubicin.

Other medicines and Daunorubicin

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any:

  • other medicines that may affect your heart for example, medicines to treat cancer such as 5-fluorouracil, cyclophosphamide, cisplatin, taxanes, calcium channel blockers used to control high blood pressure, chest pain, and irregular heartbeats and if you are receiving chest radiotherapy.
  • other medicines that may affect the bone marrow for example, other cancer treatments, sulphonamide, chloramphenicol (used to treat infection), diphenylhydantoin (used to treat epilepsy), amidopyrine-derivative (used to relieve pain), antiretroviral agents (used to treat HIV infection) may alter the formation of blood cells
  • other medicines that may affect your liver e.g barbiturates (drugs used in epilepsy or sleep disorders) and rifampicin (a drug used to treat TB – Tuberculosis)
  • live attenuated vaccines

Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility

Do not have daunorubicin if you are pregnant, might become pregnant or think you might be pregnant as daunorubicin can be very damaging to your unborn baby (embryo). If pregnancy occurs during treatment this should be discussed with your doctor.

Both female and male patients must take?special precautions?in their sexual activity if there is any possibility for pregnancy to occur:

  • For a girlor?woman?of childbearing age:
    You must have a negative pregnancy test before treatment and each month during treatment.
    This should be discussed with your doctor.
  • For men:
    Do not have sex with a pregnant woman unless you?use a condom.This will lessen the possibility for daunorubicin to be left in the woman’s body.
    You and your female partner must each use an effective contraceptive during the time you are taking daunorubicin and for 6 months after stopping treatment. This should be discussed with your doctor.

Men who wish to father children in the future should seek advice about freezing sperm before treatment with daunorubicin is started.

If you are a woman who is?breast-feeding, you must not take daunorubicin. Discontinue breast-feeding before starting to take daunorubicin.

Driving and using machines

You may feel and/or be sick after being given this medicine, therefore special care should be taken when driving or using machines.

There is no information available about how daunorubicin might affect your ability to drive or use machines.


How Daunorubicin is given

Daunorubicin is a medicine used in hospitals

  • It will be given to you by a doctor or nurse as an injection into one of your veins
  • It will be given over about 20 minutes (this is called an intravenous infusion)
  • It should never be given as a single injection under the skin or into a muscle
  • The site of injection should not be covered or bandaged

Tell your doctor or nurse straight away if:

  • You have any pain, swelling or warmth around the vein where daunorubicin is being injected
  • You notice that your face is red while the injection is being given to you. This may be a sign that the injection is being given too quickly

How much Daunorubicin will be given

  • The exact dose will be determined by your doctor. It will depend on your age, height, weight and your general medical condition. The usual dose for a person weighing 70kg (12 stone) would be about 80mg
  • Your course of treatment may be altered, depending on how your body reacts to the medicine
  • Daunorubicin may be given alone or in combination with other medicines to treat or prevent side effects

Tests while having Daunorubicin

Your condition will be closely monitored during treatment. This may involve blood, urine tests or heart monitoring (called ECG).

If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.


Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody who is given this medicine will be affected in the same way. If you are worried about side effects you should discuss them with your doctor, who will explain the risks and benefits of your treatment.

Some of the side effects can be lessened or treated by other medicines or therapy.

Tell your doctor or nurse straight away if:

  • You have pain, swelling or warmth in or around the vein where daunorubicin is being injected
  • You have a red face while daunorubicin is being injected. This may be a sign that the injection is being given too quickly
  • You get fevers, chills or other signs of infection
  • You have any severe infections, such as those of the blood (sepsis), which may also cause low blood pressure (septic shock, a life-threatening form of sepsis) or inflammation of the lungs (pneumonia)
  • You have difficulty in breathing
  • You have swelling of the feet or legs
  • You have an uneven or fast heart beat
  • You have black or tarry bowel motions
  • You are being sick (vomiting) and bring up blood or dark brown coffee-coloured granules
  • You notice any unusual bleeding or bruising

Tell your doctor or nurse if you notice any of the following side effects:

  • You feel sick (nausea) or are sick (vomit)
  • You have diarrhoea
  • You have inflammation of the bowel
  • You have a skin rash
  • You have sores in the mouth or on the lips

Other side effects include:

  • decreased numbers of different types of blood cells (granulocytopenia, leukopenia and neutropenia, anaemia) which may cause tiredness, fever or increased risk of bleeding
  • changes in metabolism caused by dying cancer cells releasing their contents into the bloodstream (tumour lysis syndrome)
  • feeling very dry and thirsty (dehydration)
  • inflammation of mucous membranes (mucositis), of the mouth with areas of painful erosions, ulceration and bleeding (stomatitis) and of the oesophagus (oesophagitis)
  • loss of appetite
  • increased pigmentation (hyperpigmentation) of skin and nails
  • Daunorubicin can make your urine turn red for a couple of days after each dose
  • Medicines like daunorubicin often cause temporary loss of hair. After your treatment finishes your hair should grow back
  • Disease of the bone marrow

There have been reports of secondary tumours (secondary leukaemia) following use of daunorubicin in combination with other anti-cancer drugs.

After stopping treatment

After you have finished your course of treatment, you may still get side effects. Tell your doctor or nurse straightaway if:

  • You have difficulty in breathing
  • You have swelling of the feet or legs
  • You get an uneven or fast heart beat

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine


  • Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
  • Daunorubicin should not be used after the expiry date which is stated on the carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of the month.
  • The vials of powder should be kept at room temperature and protected from light.
  • The daunorubicin solutions made up from the powder should be stored at between 2 – 8?C, protected from light and used within 24 hours.
  • Following the injection, daunorubicin will be disposed of carefully by the doctor or nurse.


What Daunorubicin contains

The active ingredient is daunorubicin hydrochloride.

Each vial contains 21.4 mg daunorubicin hydrochloride (equivalent to 20 mg as base).

Each vial also contains mannitol.

Contents of the pack

Daunorubicin 20mg Powder for I.V. Injection comes as a vial containing a red powder. The solution prepared with this powder is also red.

The vials are available in packs of 1 and 10 vials.

7. Manufactured in India By:
Mumbai, India
at SURVEY NO. 188/1, 190/1TO 4, ATHIYAWAD , DABHEL,
DAMAN- 396210 (INDIA)

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