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The Word:


Generic name Asparaginase Erwinia chrysanthemi
Pronunciation as-PAYR-uh-jih-NAYS er-WIH-nee-uh krih-SAN-theh-my
Brand name(s), other common name(s) ErwinazeTM
Drug type  Enzyme that prevents cancer cells from surviving
How the drug is given Intramuscular (IM) injection

Asparaginase Erwinia chrysanthemi is an asparagine specific enzyme indicated as a component of a multi-agent chemotherapeutic regimen for the treatment of patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) who have developed hypersensitivity to E. coli-derived asparaginase.

Side effects needing medical attention: Serious allergic reactions (tightness in throat, abnormal swelling/redness or difficulty breathing), some of which may be life-threatening; inflammation of the pancreatitis (stomach pain); abnormal blood clotting (may have headache, pain in leg, arm, or chest); unusual bleeding; liver problems; nausea, vomiting, and abnormal blood sugar levels (may be thirsty or frequently urinate).  


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last updated on Friday, October 12, 2012