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Your specific Elitek dosage will mainly depend on your weight. This prescription drug comes as a powder that is dissolved in liquid and given as a slow injection into a vein once a day for up to five days. It is administered by a healthcare provider in a healthcare setting.

An Introduction to Dosing With Elitek

The dosage of Elitek® (rasburicase) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on your weight. The number of doses you receive may also vary, depending on your clinical situation, such as your uric acid levels.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.

What Is the Recommended Elitek Dosage?

The usual recommended dosage of Elitek for managing uric acid levels in children and adults receiving cancer treatment is Elitek 0.2 mg per kg body weight (about 0.09 mg per lb), given daily for up to 5 days. In many cases, one dose is enough. Your healthcare provider will determine how many doses you need. It is recommended that Elitek not be used for more than five days or for more than one treatment course.  
When used to prevent high uric acid levels, the first dose of Elitek is normally given 4 to 24 hours before starting chemotherapy.

General Information on Using Elitek

Some considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Elitek include the following:
  • This medication comes in the form of a powder that is dissolved in liquid and given as a slow injection into a vein (an intravenous, or IV, infusion). It is usually given once a day for up to five days.
  • Each Elitek dose is given over a 30-minute period.
  • You will normally receive this medicine in a healthcare setting, such as a hospital, where you can be closely monitored.
  • Your healthcare provider will give you IV fluids in addition to Elitek to make sure you stay adequately hydrated.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or Elitek dosing in general, please talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
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