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Elitek Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is rasburicase (Elitek)?
- What are the possible side effects of rasburicase (Elitek)?
- What is the most important information I should know about rasburicase (Elitek)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving rasburicase (Elitek)?
- How is rasburicase given (Elitek)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Elitek)?
- What happens if I overdose (Elitek)?
- What should I avoid while receiving rasburicase (Elitek)?
- What other drugs will affect rasburicase (Elitek)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving rasburicase (Elitek)?
You should not receive this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction or blood cell problems after receiving rasburicase, or if you have an enzyme deficiency called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD).
If you are of African or Mediterranean descent, you may need a rasburicase dose adjustment or special tests:
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether rasburicase will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication..
It is not known whether rasburicase passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How is rasburicase given (Elitek)?
Rasburicase is injected into a vein through an IV. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting. Rasburicase must be given slowly, and the IV infusion can take at least 30 minutes to complete.
Rasburicase is usually given once per day for up to 5 days. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.
To be sure this medicine is helping your condition and is not causing harmful effects, your blood will need to be tested often. Visit your doctor regularly.
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