Elitek

(rasburicase)

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Lowers uric acid to stop kidney damage in cancer patients.

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Elitek (rasburicase) is an extremely effective but expensive medicine that can quickly lower uric acid blood levels and prevent kidney damage in people with cancer.

Quick facts about Elitek
  • Drug class: Cancer
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Very effective drug in lowering uric acid levels in blood and therefore, prevent kidney damage in children and adults.
  • Some patients will only have to receive a one time dose.
  • Shown to be more effective and much faster than allopurinol (an laternative medication) in bringing down uric acid levels.
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Downsides

  • Serious side effects include serious allergic reaction (itching, hives, swelling of face, difficulty breathing), chest pain, fever, chills, dizziness, or swelling in hands/ankles/feet.
  • Less serious side effects include mouth sores, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, and pain/swelling at the injection site.
  • Must be willing to receive injection
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How it works

Elitek (rasburicase) is a protein that breaks down the dangerous uric acid in cancerous tumors safely.

Quick facts about Elitek
  • Drug class: Cancer
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Used for

  • High uric acid in cancer patients

Dosage forms

  • Injection
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What to expect when you take Elitek (rasburicase) for High uric acid levels

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  • Starts to kick in
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  • Possible side effects
  • Low oxygen in the body
  • Blood reactions
  • Serious allergic reaction
  • Nausea
  • Swelling in hands, feet, ankles
  • Vomiting
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Side effect rates for Elitek (rasburicase)

From 92 clinical trials of Elitek when taken for high uric acid levels
  • Nausea
    57%57%
  • Swelling in hands, feet, ankles
    50%50%
  • Vomiting
    38%38%
  • Anxiety
    24%24%
  • Abdominal pain
    22%22%
  • Low phosphate in blood
    17%17%
  • High bilirubin
    16%16%
  • Throat pain
    14%14%
  • Sepsis (serious infection)
    12%12%
  • Fluid overload
    12%12%
  • Increased liver enzymes
    11%11%
  • High phosphate in blood
    10%10%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Elitek.

Elitek (rasburicase)
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People taking Elitek felt side effect more

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Risks and Warnings for Elitek (rasburicase)

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  • Elitek (rasburicase) can rarely cause serious allergic reactions. If you experience difficulty breathing, chest pain, swelling in the face and throat, itching, or dizziness/lightheadedness, let the person who's giving you Elitek (rasburicase) know right away.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Elitek (rasburicase)

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Kidneys and liver
  • Very effective drug in lowering uric acid levels in blood and therefore, prevent kidney damage in children and adults.
Pain
  • Serious side effects include serious allergic reaction (itching, hives, swelling of face, difficulty breathing), chest pain, fever, chills, dizziness, or swelling in hands/ankles/feet.
  • Less serious side effects include mouth sores, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, and pain/swelling at the injection site.