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Oncaspar is a medicine used in combination with other anti-cancer medications to treat a type of cancer called acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Oncaspar is administered intramuscularly (injected into the muscle) or intravenously (through a vein in your arm).
How does this medication work?
Oncaspar works by interfering with certain enzymes that are necessary for cancer growth.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: By decreasing the activity of certain enzymes, Oncaspar may help to stop cancer growth.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions.
How do I know it is working?
Your healthcare provider may order tests regularly to check how well this medication is working.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: allergic reactions, blood clot in the brain, bleeding problems, liver problems, high blood bilirubin levels, high blood sugar levels, pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).
Less common side effects may include:
Serious and life-threatening allergic reactions with symptoms such as swelling of your face, mouth, or throat, or difficulty breathing.
Blood clots with symptoms such as a severe headache, arm or leg swelling, sudden shortness of breath, or chest pain.
Low levels of fibrinogen (a type of blood cells that form clots to help stop bleeding) that may increase the risk of bleeding.
Your healthcare provider will not administer Oncaspar to you if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Your healthcare provider will not administer Oncaspar to you if you have had serious blood clots, pancreatitis, or any serious bleeding event with L-asparaginase therapy.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Oncaspar. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have blood clotting or bleeding problems, diabetes, pancreas or liver problems, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults and children: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you, based on your height and body weight.
Your healthcare provider will administer Oncaspar to you.
Do not miss any scheduled follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider.
No significant interactions have been reported with Oncaspar at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
The effects of Oncaspar during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are receiving Oncaspar. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
Oncaspar should be given under special circumstances determined by your healthcare provider. If you miss your scheduled dose, contact your healthcare provider or pharmacist for advice.
Your healthcare provider will store this medication for you.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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