If you have been diagnosed with a type of blood and bone marrow cancer called B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia, you may receive a chemotherapy medication called Fludara® (fludarabine phosphate). This prescription medicine is specifically approved for treating this type of cancer after other treatment has been tried, but has not been effective.
Fludara is given as an injection through a needle inserted into a vein (an intravenous, or IV, injection). It is usually given daily, for 5 days in a row, every 28 days. The active ingredient in Fludara, fludarabine phosphate, used to be available in the form of a tablet. This medicine was called Oforta™. However, the manufacturer stopped making Oforta due to a lack of demand for the medication, and it is no longer available.
(Click Fludara for a closer look at what this chemotherapy drug is used for, how it works, and dosing instructions. It also describes possible side effects and explains why this drug is not appropriate for some people.)
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