Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Blood clotting: This medication can reduce the number of platelet cells in the blood. Platelets help the blood to clot, and a shortage could make you bleed more easily. Tell your doctor of any signs that your blood is not clotting as quickly. Such symptoms may include black and tarry stools, blood in the urine, easy bruising, or cuts that won't stop bleeding.
Gout and kidney stones: Daunorubicin may increase the levels of uric acid in the body, further increasing the risk for gout or kidney stones in people predisposed to these conditions.
Heart disease: The risk of abnormal heart rhythm, congestive heart failure, and a weakened heart (cardiomyopathy) is increased in people with preexisting heart disease.
Infection: As well as killing cancer cells, this medication can reduce the number of cells in the body that can fight infection (white blood cells). Avoid contact with people with contagious infections and tell your doctor if you begin to notice signs
of an infection, such as fever or chills. Discuss any vaccines with your doctor before getting vaccinated.
Pregnancy: There is a possibility of birth defect if either the man or woman is using daunorubicin at the time of conception, or if it is taken during pregnancy. Effective birth control should be practiced while using this medication. This medication may harm the baby if used during pregnancy. Tell your doctor immediately if you become pregnant while using this medication.
Breast-feeding: Women should not breast-feed while receiving daunorubicin treatment due to risk of potential harm to the infant.