Nelarabine is prescribed to patients with leukemia, especially those who have a resurgence of the disease after eliminating it or those who are not responding to other types of chemotherapy. This medication is injected over the course of several days and is repeated every 21 days in order to kill cancer cells.
This medication can cause permanent damage to the central nervous system. Patients should contact their doctors as soon as possible about these symptoms:
- Feeling extremely sleepy
- Confusion or disorientation
- Numbness and tingling in the hands, fingers and toes
- Difficulty buttoning shirts or with other fine motor skills
- Difficulty walking
- You should also contact your doctor right away if you have seizures or faint.