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About your treatment
Your doctor has ordered the drug asparaginase to help treat your illness. The drug is given by injection into a large muscle or a vein.
This medication is used in combination with other chemotherapy to treat:
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Asparaginase resembles normal cell nutrients needed by cancer cells to grow. The cancer cells take up asparaginase, which then interferes with their growth. The length of treatment depends on the types of drugs you are taking, how well your body responds to them, and the type of cancer you have.
Other uses for this medicine
Asparaginase also is used to treat the blast crisis phase of chronic myelogeous (myelocytic, myeloid) leukemia, acute myeloblastic leukemia, and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this drug for your condition.
Before taking asparaginase,
Side effects from asparaginase are common and include:
Tell your doctor if either of these symptoms is severe or lasts for several hours:
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT