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Pegaspargase is a type of chemotherapy. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cells. It is used in combination with other medicines. Pegaspargase is given to patients who have had allergic reactions to similar drugs such as asparaginase (Elspar®) or Erwinia asparaginase.
Patients will be monitored closely for signs of an allergic reaction.
Patients will have regular blood draws to check blood counts, blood clotting factors, pancreatic enzymes, blood sugar and monitor liver function and kidney function.
May be injected into muscle
May be given as a liquid into a vein by IV
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include: hives, rash, itching, difficulty breathing and/or swallowing.
Not all patients who take pegaspargase will experience these side effects. Common side effects are in bold, but there may be others. Please report all suspected side effects to your doctor or pharmacist.
Be sure to discuss these and other recommendations with your doctor or pharmacist.