Asparaginase - Drug Information

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General Information on Asparaginase

Generic Name : Asparaginase

Pronunciation : a spare' a gi nase

Latest prescription information about Asparaginase. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.

Trade Names/Brand Names of Asparaginase

India : 

International : 

Elspar

Why is Asparaginase Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an antineoplastic agent, prescribed for lymphocytic leukemia either alone or with other medications. It stops cancer cell growth.  

When should Asparaginase not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with inflammation of pancreas and bleeding due to prior therapy with this medication and hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category C :

Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus and there are no appropriate studies in pregnant women, but potential benefits may allow the use of the drug in pregnant women despite the potential for risks.

What is the dosage of Asparaginase?

The recommended dose of elspar is 6, 000 International Units/mē intramuscularly (IM) or intravenously (IV) three times a week.

How should Asparaginase be taken?

It comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein or into the large muscle.

What are the warnings and precautions for Asparaginase?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of liver, kidney or pancreatic disease, any allergy, who are taking other medications, elderly, during pregnancy and breast-feeding.
• It may cause dizziness or drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
• It may reduce platelet counts, avoid injury or bruising.
• Avoid any vaccination during the treatment period.

What are the side effects of Asparaginase?

Nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, depression, tiredness, confusion, restlessness or agitation and headache.

What are the other precautions for Asparaginase?

Monitor complete blood counts, uric acid level and blood glucose level regularly while taking this medication. Avoid using contaminated solution of this medication.
Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Asparaginase?

Normally handled and stored by healthcare providers.


Schedule : G

Drugs that are to be used only under medical supervision.

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