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Details of the Drug
Generic Name:
Drug Type:
Enzyme that prevents cancer cells from surviving
How the Drug is Given:

Intravenously (IV) or intramuscular (IM) injection


Indications and Usage

Asparaginase is FDA approved in combination with chemotherapy to treat people who have acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Side effects needing medical attention

Difficulty in breathing; joint pain; puffy face; rash or itching; stomach pain (severe) with nausea and vomiting; fever or chills; inability to move arm or leg; unusual bleeding or bruising; confusion; drowsiness; lower back or side pain; hallucinations (seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not there); depression; nervousness; sores in the mouth or on lips; swelling of feet or lower legs; tiredness; unusually frequent urination; unusual thirst; seizures; severe headache.

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