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The Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC

Chemotherapy Drugs


Fludarabine (floo-DARE-a-been) is a drug that is used to treat many types of cancer. It is a clear liquid that is injected into a vein.

Common Side Effects

  • Skin rashes may sometimes occur.
  • Fever, chills and sweating may commonly occur. Fever should last no longer than 24 hours.
  • Diarrhea may sometimes occur.
  • Muscle or joint pain may sometimes occur.
  • Swelling of hands, feet or lower legs may sometimes occur if your body retains extra fluid.
  • Numbness or tingling of the fingers or toes may occur. This will slowly return to normal once your treatment is over. It may take up to several months.
  • Blurred vision sometimes occurs
  • Hair loss is rare with fludarabine. If it does occur, it will grow back once you stop the treatment.

Printable Drug Information

Click here, to view and print a complete description of fludarabine and its side effects and management from the BC Cancer Agency Drug Manual©.

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