Helps prevent the side effects of a cancer medicine called methotrexate. Also treats a certain type of anemia caused by a lack of folic acid. Also used in supportive care of patients with colon cancer, and in the treatment of overdoses of certain medicines.
You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to leucovorin, or if your anemia is caused by a lack of vitamin B-12. Your doctor can determine the exact cause of your anemia through medical tests.
Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot into a muscle, or into a vein.
A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine. It may also be given by a home health caregiver.
You may be taught how to give your medicine at home. Make sure you understand all instructions before giving yourself an injection. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
Use a new needle and syringe each time you inject your medicine. Throw away used needles in a hard, closed container that the needles cannot poke through. Keep this container away from children and pets.
If a dose is missed:
This medicine needs to be given on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.