L-asparaginase is a medication used to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. It works by breaking down a specific amino acid called asparagine, which is needed by cancer cells to grow and survive.
L-asparaginase is given by injection into a muscle or vein by a healthcare professional. The dosage and frequency of administration may vary depending on the patient's age, weight, and overall health as well as the type and stage of leukemia being treated.
Common side effects of L-asparaginase may include fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, and allergic reactions. In some cases, L-asparaginase can also cause more serious side effects such as blood clots, pancreatitis, and liver damage.
It is important to discuss any concerns or potential side effects with your healthcare provider before starting treatment with L-asparaginase.