AsparaginaseErwinia chrysanthemiis used with other chemotherapy medications to treat acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL; a type of cancer of the white blood cells). It is used in patients who have had some types of allergic reactions to medications similar to asparaginaseErwinia chrysanthemisuch as (asparaginase [Elspar] or pegaspargase [Oncaspar]). AsparaginaseErwinia chrysanthemiis an enzyme that interferes with natural substances necessary for cancer cell growth. It works by killing or stopping the growth of cancer cells.
AsparaginaseErwinia chrysanthemicomes as a powder to be added to fluid and injected into a muscle by a doctor or nurse in a medical facility. It is usually given three times a week.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Before taking asparaginase Erwinia chrysanthemi,
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.
If you miss an appointment to receive a dose of asparaginaseErwinia chrysanthemi, call your doctor right away.
AsparaginaseErwinia chrysanthemimay cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately or get emergency medical treatment:
AsparaginaseErwinia chrysanthemimay cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online ( Web Site) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor will order certain lab tests to check your body's response to asparaginaseErwinia chrysanthemi.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.