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Idarubicin or 4-demethoxydaunorubicin is an anthracycline antileukemic drug. It inserts [1] itself into DNA and prevents DNA unwinding by interfering with the enzyme topoisomerase II. It is an analog of daunorubicin, but the absence of a methoxy group increases its fat solubility and cellular uptake.[2] Similar to other anthracyclines, it also induces histone eviction from chromatin.[3]

It belongs to the family of drugs called antitumor antibiotics.

It is currently combined with cytosine arabinoside as a first line treatment of acute myeloid leukemia.

It is used for treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia and Chronic myelogenous leukemia in blast crisis.[4]

It is distributed under the trade names Zavedos (UK) and Idamycin (USA).

Side effects

Diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting are common among patients treated with idarubicin.[5]


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