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Generic Name: Rasburicase (ras-BYOOR-i-kayse)
Brand Name: Elitek
Rasburicase is used for:
Preventing high blood levels of uric acid from occurring in children with cancer (eg, leukemia, lymphoma, solid malignant tumors) who are about to receive cancer chemotherapy treatment.
Rasburicase is a urate-oxidase enzyme. When chemotherapy is given, cancer cells are destroyed, releasing large amounts of uric acid into the blood. Rasburicase works by allowing uric acid to be more easily removed from the body by the kidneys.
Do NOT use Rasburicase if:
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Rasburicase :
Some medical conditions may interact with Rasburicase . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Rasburicase . However, no specific interactions with Rasburicase are known at this time.
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Rasburicase may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Rasburicase :
Use Rasburicase as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Rasburicase .
Important safety information:
Possible side effects of Rasburicase :
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of Rasburicase :
Rasburicase is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Rasburicase at home, store Rasburicase as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep Rasburicase out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Rasburicase . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition 06.4.1.002
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.
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