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As with many other chemotherapy drugs, the dosage of Nipent your healthcare provider prescribes will largely be based on your height and weight. Other factors that may affect this amount include whether you have other medical conditions and how you respond to Nipent. This medication is given as an injection into a vein once every other week.
The dose of Nipent® (pentostatin) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a few factors, such as:
- Your height and weight
- How you tolerate the medication
- How you respond to Nipent
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
Like many other anticancer medicines, Nipent doses are normally based on body surface area, which is calculated using your height and weight. Doses based on body surface area are written as mg per meter squared (mg per m2).
The usual recommended dosage of Nipent for the treatment of hairy cell leukemia is 4 mg per m2 every other week. Doses higher than this are not recommended, as they can cause more side effects. People with kidney disease may need to be treated with lower amounts.
Your healthcare provider will monitor your progress and determine how long you will need treatment. It usually continues until a complete response is achieved, which is defined as no detectable leukemia cells and normal blood cell counts.
If you have not adequately responded within 6 to 12 months, your healthcare provider may recommend you stop treatment. You may also need to stop treatment if you experience certain potentially serious Nipent side effects.