Daunorubicin (Cerubidine)

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General information

Class/mechanism: Anthracycline, binds and intercalates between DNA base pairs. Inhibits topoisomerase II activity by stabilizing the DNA-topoisomerase II complex, resulting in single and double strand DNA breaks. May also inhibit polymerase activity and trigger free radical damage to DNA.[1][2]
Route: IV
Extravasation: vesicant

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Diseases for which it is used

Toxicity information

  • Per Feijen et al. 2015 [3], daunorubicin appears to be significantly less cardiotoxic than doxorubicin in survivors of childhood cancer.

Patient drug information

History of changes in FDA indication

  • 12/19/1979: Initial FDA approval

Also known as

Cerubidin Cerubidine D-Blastin Daunoblastin Daunoblastina
Daunocin Daunomicina Daunomycin Daunorubicin Daunorubicin Comp
Daunorubicine Daunorubicin HCl Daunorubicin Hydrochloride Daunorubicin Lens Daurocina
Maxidauno Ondena Rubidomycin Rubilem Rubomycin
Runabicon Trav Daunorubicin


  1. 1.0 1.1 Daunorubicin (Cerubidine) package insert
  2. Daunorubicin (Cerubidine) package insert (locally hosted backup)
  3. Feijen EA, Leisenring WM, Stratton KL, Ness KK, van der Pal HJ, Caron HN, Armstrong GT, Green DM, Hudson MM, Oeffinger KC, Robison LL, Stovall M, Kremer LC, Chow EJ. Equivalence Ratio for Daunorubicin to Doxorubicin in Relation to Late Heart Failure in Survivors of Childhood Cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2015 Nov 10;33(32):3774-80. Epub 2015 Aug 24.link to original article PubMed
  4. Daunorubicin (Cerubidine) patient drug information (Chemocare)
  5. Daunorubicin (Cerubidine) patient drug information (UpToDate)