Leustatin

Drug List

Leustatin

Drug Name

Leustatin (Cladribine)

Manufactured By

Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc

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Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

Treating hairy cell leukemia. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

How To Use

Use Leustatin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions. * Leustatin is given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions. * Do not use Leustatin if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged. * If Leustatin accidentally spills on your skin, wash it off right away with soap and water. Clean any areas (counters, tables) where Leustatin may have spilled or sprayed. * Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and away from pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal. Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Leustatin.

Side Effects

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome: * Constipation; decreased appetite; diarrhea; dizziness; headache; mild pain or redness at the injection site; mild tiredness or weakness; muscle or joint pain; nausea; vomiting. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur: * Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); back or stomach pain; blood in the urine; bloody or black, tarry stools; chest pain or tightness; confusion; cough; dark urine; decreased urination; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; fast or irregular heartbeat; numbness, tingling, or burning of the hands or feet; painful or difficult urination; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; severe or persistent pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site; severe or persistent tiredness or weakness; shortness of breath; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; unusual bleeding or bruising; unusually pale skin; weakness in the arms or legs; yellowing of the skin or eyes. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

Drug Interactions

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Leustatin. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following: * Medicines that may weaken your immune system (eg, cyclosporine) because the risk of side effects may be increased. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure if any of your other medicines may weaken your immune system * Medicines that may harm the kidney (eg, aminoglycoside antibiotics [eg, gentamicin], amphotericin B, cyclosporine, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [NSAIDs] [eg, ibuprofen], tacrolimus, vancomycin) because the risk of kidney side effects may be increased. Ask your doctor if you are unsure if any of your medicines might harm the kidney This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Leustatin may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

In Case of Overdose

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include burning, numbness, or tingling of the hands or feet; decreased urination; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness or weakness; weakness in the arms or legs.

In Case of Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of Leustatin, contact your doctor immediately.

Storage

Leustatin is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. Keep Leustatin out of the reach of children and away from pets.