Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Oncaspar
Generic Name: pegaspargase (Pronunciation: peg ah SPAR jase)
What is pegaspargase (Oncaspar)?
Pegaspargase is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their growth and spread in the body.
Pegaspargase is used to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Pegaspargase may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of pegaspargase (Oncaspar)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
Less serious side effects may be more likely to occur, such as:
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about pegaspargase (Oncaspar)?
Do not receive this medication if you are allergic to pegaspargase, or if you have ever been treated with asparaginase (Elspar) and had a severe allergic reaction or developed a stroke, blood clot, or pancreas problems.
While receiving pegaspargase, avoid being near people who have colds, the flu, or other contagious illnesses. Contact your doctor at once if you develop signs of infection.
Get emergency medical help if you think you have received too much of this medicine, or if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of the following side effects during your treatment with pegaspargase:
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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