|Brand name(s), other common name(s)||Elspar®|
|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.
Side effects needing medical attention after stopping this medication
Severe headache; inability to move arm or leg; severe stomach pain with nausea and vomiting.