Elspar (Injection)

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Elspar (Injection)

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Elspar (Injection) is used for the Treatment

Asparaginase (a-SPARE-a-ji-nase) Treats certain kinds of leukemia and other cancers.

When To Not Use Elspar (Injection)

You should not get this medicine if you have pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) or had an allergic reaction to asparaginase.

How Should You Use Elspar (Injection)


  • This medicine, like all medicines used to treat cancer, is very strong. Make sure you understand why you are getting it and what the risks and benefits of treatment are. It is important for you to work closely with your doctor.
  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it will be given.
  • You may get your medicine through a tube that is put in your vein, usually in your arm, wrist, or hand and sometimes in your chest. This is called intravenous (in-tra-VEEN-us), or IV.
  • Or you may get the medicine in a shot given in a muscle, usually in your buttock, upper arm, or thigh. This is called intramuscular (in-tra-MUSS-cue-lar), or IM.
  • A nurse or other caregiver trained to give cancer drugs will give your treatment.
  • You probably will get your medicine at a hospital or clinic so the results of your treatment can be watched closely.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • This medicine needs to be given on a regular schedule. If you miss a dose, call your doctor, home health caregiver, or the clinic where you get your treatments for instructions.

Proper Elspar (Injection) Storage

Store Elspar (Injection) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Elspar (Injection) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Elspar (Injection)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • You should not use aspirin or any product that has aspirin in it (such as some cold medicines) unless you have talked to your doctor.
  • Talk to your doctor before getting any vaccines (such as flu shots).

Elspar (Injection) Warnings

  • Do not breastfeed while you are getting this medicine.
  • Asparaginase can increase the level of sugar in your blood. Make sure your doctor knows if you have diabetes or high blood sugar.
  • You may have a test before you start your treatments to see if you are allergic to the medicine.
  • Do not get pregnant while you or your sexual partner are receiving asparaginase. Use an effective form of birth control while you are getting this medicine.
  • If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor before you start your treatments.

Elspar (Injection) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Trouble breathing, rash or hives
  • Swelling of the face, mouth, or tongue
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • Fever, chills, or sore throat
  • Unusual bleeding and bruising
  • Having to go to the bathroom (urinate) often
  • Swollen feet and ankles
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Weakness, tired feeling
  • Loss of appetite, mild upset stomach or vomiting

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