HEALTH GUIDE REFERENCE FROM A.D.A.M
Treats blood cancer (acute lymphoblastic leukemia) in patients from 1 to 21 years of age.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to clofarabine. You should not receive this medicine if you are pregnant.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
- A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows about all other medicines that you are using while using this medicine.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are breast feeding.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you have kidney disease or liver disease.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
- Anxiety, depression, or irritability.
- Blood in urine.
- Chest tightness or trouble breathing.
- Dark-colored urine or pale stools.
- Dizziness or headache.
- Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, and body aches.
- Fast heartbeat.
- Lightheadedness or fainting.
- Severe abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea.
- Swelling in your hands, ankles, feet, or face.
- Warmth or redness of your face, neck, arm, or upper chest.
- Yellowing of your skin or whites of your eyes.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Bleeding from your gums.
- Dry skin.
- Fatigue, loss of appetite, or weight loss.
- Pain, itching, burning, swelling, or a lump under your skin where the needle is placed.
- Pain or stiffness in muscles, joints, or back.
- Redness or rash on your skin.
- Small cherry red spots visible under your skin.
- Sore throat.
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