Children and young adults who have a certain type of cancer may receive Clolar® (clofarabine). It is specially approved to treat a type of bone marrow and blood cell cancer called acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). It is used after at least two other treatment regimens were tried but did not work adequately. Clolar is approved for use in children age 1 to 21 years old.
Clolar works by interfering with the way DNA replicates. Because cells need DNA to grow and divide, this medication can prevent the growth of cancer cells.
There are also some unapproved, or "off-label," uses for Clolar, such as treating:
Acute myelocytic leukemia
Chronic myeloid leukemia.
(Click Clolar Uses for more information on using this drug for cancer treatment. This article also offers detailed information on how Clolar works and whether it is prescribed for adults.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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