You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to pegaspargase, or if you have a history of inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), bleeding problem, or blood clot formation (thrombosis) caused by taking L-asparaginase (Elspar®).
Medicines used to treat cancer are very strong and can have many side effects. Before receiving this medicine, make sure you understand all the risks and benefits. It is important for you to work closely with your doctor during your treatment.
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 vein.
You will receive this medicine while you are in a hospital or cancer treatment center. A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have diabetes.
Medicines that treat cancer may lower the number of some types of blood cells in your body. Because of this, you may bleed or get infections more easily. To help with these problems, avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Wash your hands often. Stay away from rough sports or other situations where you could be bruised, cut, or injured. Brush and floss your teeth gently. Be careful when using sharp objects, including razors and fingernail clippers.
Some people who have used this medicine developed serious allergic reactions while receiving this medicine. Your doctor will need you to stay at the clinic or hospital for at least one hour after receiving this medicine to check you for any unwanted effects that may be caused by this medicine.
This medicine may cause problems with your blood sugar. Check with your doctor if you experience increased thirst or hunger, or any increase in how much or how often you urinate.
This medicine may increase your risk of developing serious blood clots. Tell your doctor right away if you develop any sudden or severe headaches, arm or leg swelling, shortness of breath, or chest pain.
Check with your doctor right away if you start having severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, or lightheadedness. You may be having problems with your pancreas.
Your doctor will need to check your blood at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.