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USES: Asparaginase is used in children to treat lymphocytic leukemia. This medication may also be used for various types of cancer.

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Asparaginase is used in children to treat lymphocytic leukemia. This medication may also be used for various types of cancer.
  • This medication can lower your body's ability to fight an infection.
  • Notify your doctor if you develop any signs of an infection such as fever, sore throat, rash, or chills.
  • Avoid touching your eyes or inside your nose without first washing your hands.
  • Use caution with sharp objects like safety razors or nail cutters and avoid activities such as contact sports in order to lower the chance of getting cut, bruised or injured.
  • Do not have immunizations/vaccinations without consent of your doctor, and avoid contact with people who have recently received oral polio vaccine.
  • Regular doctor visits are important.
  • Frequent blood tests will be done to monitor therapy.

  • Refrigerate.

How To Use
  • HOW TO USE THIS MEDICATION: This is a potent medication.
  • Use it exactly as prescribed.
  • Unless your doctor instructs you otherwise, drink plenty of fluids while using this medication.
  • This helps your kidneys to remove the drug from your body and avoid some of the side effects.
  • Do not stop using this medication even if you feel nauseated or experience vomiting.

Side Effects
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, mild headache, stomach cramps and weight loss are common side effects.
  • Using the drug on an empty stomach with a full glass of water may help relieve vomiting.
  • Changes in diet, such as eating several small meals or limited activity may help lessen some of these effects.
  • In some cases, drug therapy may be necessary to prevent or relieve nausea and vomiting.
  • Contact your doctor, without delay, if you experience any of the following symptoms: severe stomach pain with nausea and vomiting; difficulty breathing, joint pain, puffy face, skin rash, itchiness; yellowing eyes or skin; frequent urination, unusual thirst; lower back or side pain, swelling of feet/lower legs; fever, chills; confusion, drowsiness, depression, hallucinations; sores in mouth or on lips; unusual bleeding or bruising; severe headache, inability to move arms or legs; seizure (convulsions).
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

  • Contraceptive (birth control) measures are recommended for use in men and women while taking this medication.
  • This medication is not recommended for use in pregnant or nursing women.
  • If you become pregnant while taking this drug, contact your doctor.

Missed Dose
  • Do not double dose if missed.
  • Contact doctor.

Drug Interactions
  • Inform your doctor about all the medicines you use (both prescription and nonprescription) especially if you take medication to treat gout.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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