|Brand name(s), other common name(s)||Nipent®|
|How the drug is given||Intravenously (IV)|
Indications and Usage
Pentostatin is FDA approved as a single-agent treatment for both untreated and alfa-interferon-refractory hairy cell leukemia patients with active disease as defined by clinically significant anemia, neutropenia (abnormally low white blood count), thrombocytopenia (reduced platelet count), or disease-related symptoms.
Side effects needing medical attention
Fever; chills; bone pain; weakness and fatigue; lack of coordination, especially in walking; skin disorders; unusual decrease or increase in urination; cough; inflammation of the eye; flulike symptoms; confusion; depression; dizziness; drowsiness; nausea and vomiting; decreased appetite; diarrhea; headache.
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