How to Take Asparaginase and Dose of Asparaginase


Find out how to take Asparaginase (drug) and its dose. Describes the best time to take the drug and precautions if any that should be followed.

How to take Asparaginase


How it should be taken  

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

Dosage & When it is to be taken

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

When it is not to be taken (Contraindications) 

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

Why it is prescribed (Indications)  

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

Pregnancy Category

Category C : Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

Warnings and Precautions  

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.

Storage Conditions  

Normally handled and stored by healthcare providers.

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