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Arranon Patient Information including How Should I Take

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving nelarabine (Arranon)?

You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to nelarabine.

To make sure you can safely receive nelarabine, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • liver disease;
  • kidney disease;
  • a nerve disorder;
  • a history of radiation treatment of your head, neck, or spinal cord; or
  • a history of cancer medicine injected around your spinal cord.

FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use nelarabine if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether nelarabine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using nelarabine.

How is nelarabine given (Arranon)?

Nelarabine is injected into a vein through an IV. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting. Nelarabine must be given slowly, and the IV infusion can take up to 2 hours to complete.

This medication is usually given every day or every other day for 5 days in a row every 3 weeks. Your treatment schedule may be different. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Nelarabine can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections and help your blood to clot. Your blood will need to be tested often. Your nervous system and kidney function may also need to be tested. Your cancer treatments may be delayed based on the results of these tests. Visit your doctor regularly.

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