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Does the chemo drug gemzar raise blood sugar in a diabetic?

Does the chemo drug gemzar raise blood sugar in a diabetic?

Not known as such: Anything is possible, but this is not a common known side effect of gemzar/gemcitabine which has many side effects. You are taking this med, likely that you are on something else as well which may be the cause. Also, when ill, sugar levels tend to rise as well. Best is to consult your doc... Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the difference between gemzar & taxol? I have three stage 4 cancers.

What is the difference between gemzar & taxol?  I have three stage 4 cancers.

Side effects vary: Gemzar is generally well tolerated given weekly 2 out of 3 or 3 out of 4 weeks per cycle. Usually does not cause hair loss or neuropathy. Taxol can be given weekly or every 3 weeks and with risk of reactions during infusion (steroid premedication needed), some hair loss and significant neuropathy. ...Read more

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What is Gemzar?

Gemzar: "Gemzar is used to treat cancers of the pancreas, lung, ovary, and breast. See: http://www.drugs.com/gemzar.html ...Read more

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Who should not take Gemzar?

Gemzar: "Gemcitabine is contraindicated in those patients with a known hypersensitivity to the drug." See: http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=a625c92b-c569-4b98-8d2e-2b3f5e12b34f ...Read more

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What side effects are associated with Gemzar?

Gemzar: See: http://www.drugs.com/sfx/gemcitabine-side-effects.html

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Want to stay on herceptin and switch from Taxol to gemzar. What is the difference?

Want to stay on herceptin and switch from Taxol to gemzar.  What is the difference?

Less neuropathy: Unlike taxol, gemcitabine does not cause neuropathy. It can cause low platelets. It can also cause fluid retention. Also it is usually given 2 weeks on and 1 week off. Unlike taxol which typically is given weekly. That is about it in regards to the difference. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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