Fluorouracil (5-FU)

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General information

Class/mechanism: Pyrimidine analog, antimetabolite, inhibitor of thymidylate synthase. Metabolized to 5-fluoro-2'-deoxyuridine monophosphate (FdUMP) and 5-fluorouridine triphosphate (FUTP). FdUMP inhibits DNA synthesis by binding to thymidylate synthase and inhibiting production of thymidylate; FUTP interferes with RNA processing when it is mistakenly incorporated in place of uridine triphosphate (UTP).[1][2].
Route: IV
Extravasation: irritant

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Diseases for which it is used

Diseases for which it was used

Patient drug information

History of changes in FDA indication

  • 4/25/1962: Initial FDA approval

Also known as

  • Code name: Ro-2-9757
  • Generic names: 5 Fluorouracil, 5 FU, 5-fluoracilo, 5-fluorouracilo, 5-fluorouracyl, FU
  • Brand names:
Accusite Actino Hermal Adrucil Arumel Benton Biofur Carac Carebin
Carzonal Cinco-FU Cinkef-U Curacil Effcil Efudex Efurix Ezadex
Fauldfluor Fivocil Fivoflu Flacule Flonida Florac Fluhomer Fluolex
Fluoroplex Fluor-Uracil Fluoro-Uracile ICN Fluoro-Uracil ICN Fluorouracile Fluorouracilo Fluorourcil Fluoruracilo
Fluoxan Flurablastin Flurac Fluracedyl Fluracil Fluril Fluroblastin Fluroblastine
Ftoruracil Ftouracil Haemato-FU Ifacil Kang Ning Kecimeton Tatumi Killit Lunachol
Lunapon Natira U Neofluor O Fluor Oncofu Onkofluor Pentafu Pharmauracil
Phthoruracil Phtoruracil Ribofluor Rotianin Satelol Seco Uracil Tecflu Timadin
Triosules Uflahex Ulosagen Ulup Uraciflor Utoral Vaflu Vafu