Erwinaze

Drug List

Erwinaze

Drug Name

Erwinaze (Asparaginase erwinia chrysanthemi)

Manufactured By

Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Drug Savings


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Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

Erwinia asparaginase is used with or without other anticancer (chemotherapy) drugs to treat acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). It works by starving tumor cells of needed nutrients and slowing tumor cell growth.

How To Use

This medication may be given by injection into a muscle by a health care professional. Some brands may also be given by injection under the skin or into a vein by a health care professional, usually in a hospital setting. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Your doctor will give you pre-medication to help prevent allergic reactions. Unless your doctor instructs you otherwise, drink plenty of fluids while using this medication.

Side Effects

Pain or swelling at the injection site, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, loss of appetite, headache, lack of energy, or drowsiness may occur. Nausea and vomiting can be severe, and in some cases you may need anti-nausea drugs. Not eating before your treatment may help relieve nausea and vomiting. Changes in diet, such as eating several small meals, or limiting activity may help lessen some of these effects. If these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: severe stomach pain with nausea/vomiting, mental/mood changes, tremor, muscle stiffness, joint pain, swelling of hands/feet/lower legs, yellowing of the eyes/skin, unusual bleeding/bruising (such as nose bleeds, black or bloody stools), signs of high blood sugar (such as unusual thirst, frequent urination). Get medical help right away if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: abnormally high fever, vision changes, fainting, severe headache, severe dizziness, seizures, chest pain. This medication can lower the body's ability to fight an infection. Tell your doctor promptly if you develop any signs of an infection such as fever, chills, sores in mouth or on lips, or persistent sore throat. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. This product can affect the results of certain lab tests. Make sure laboratory personnel and your doctors know you use this drug.

In Case of Overdose

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

In Case of Missed Dose

It is important that you receive asparaginase as scheduled by your doctor. If you miss a dose, contact your doctor right away to obtain a new dosing schedule.

Storage

Not applicable. This medication is given in a hospital and will not be stored at home.