This medicine, like all medicines used to treat cancer, is very strong. Make sure you understand why you are getting it and what the risks and benefits of treatment are. It is important for you to work closely with your doctor.
Your doctor will prescribe your dose and tell you how often it will be given.
Your medicine will be given through a tube put in one your veins, usually in your arm, wrist, or hand and sometimes in your chest. This is called intravenous (in-tra-VEEN-us), or IV.
A nurse or other caregiver trained to give cancer drugs will give your treatment.
If a dose is missed:
This medicine is usually given nonstop for 7 days. If you miss a dose, call your doctor, home health caregiver, or the clinic where you get your treatments for instructions.
Do not breastfeed while you are being given this medicine.
You may get infections more easily while getting this medicine. Stay away from crowds or people with colds, flu, or other infections.
This medicine can cause nausea and vomiting. Your doctor may prescribe medicine to keep you from feeling sick and throwing up. If the medicine does not help (you can't keep liquids down), call your doctor.
Make sure your doctor knows if you have kidney disease, liver disease, kidney stones, gout, or any infections.
You should not have a child while you or your sexual partner are receiving cladribine. Use an effective form of birth control while you are getting this medicine.
If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor before you start your treatments.