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Cladribine Novaplus (cladribine) Disease Interactions

There are 3 disease interactions with Cladribine Novaplus (cladribine):


Antineoplastics (Includes Cladribine Novaplus) ↔ Infections

Severe Potential Hazard, High plausibility

Applies to: Infection - Bacterial/Fungal/Protozoal/Viral

Because of their cytotoxic effects on rapidly proliferating tissues, antineoplastic agents frequently can, to varying extent, induce myelosuppression. The use of these drugs may be contraindicated in patients with known infectious diseases. All patients should be instructed to immediately report any signs or symptoms suggesting infection such as fever, sore throat, or local infection during antineoplastic therapy. Close clinical monitoring of hematopoietic function is recommended.


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Cladribine (Includes Cladribine Novaplus) ↔ Myelosuppression

Severe Potential Hazard, High plausibility

Applies to: Bleeding, Fever, Bone Marrow Depression/Low Blood Counts

Cladribine induces myelosuppression, primarily affecting lymphocytes and monocytes, however, neutropenia, anemia, and thrombocytopenia have been reported during cladribine therapy. Myelosuppressive effects are most notable the first month following therapy and may require red blood cell and/or platelet transfusions. Therapy with cladribine should be administered cautiously in patients whose bone marrow reserve may be severely depressed by prior chemotherapy or whose marrow function is recovering from previous cytotoxic therapy. Patients should be instructed to immediately report any signs or symptoms suggesting bone marrow suppression such as fever, sore throat, local infection, or bleeding. Close clinical monitoring of hematopoietic function is recommended.


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Cladribine (Includes Cladribine Novaplus) ↔ Hepatic Dysfunction

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility

Applies to: Liver Disease

The pharmacokinetic disposition of cladribine has not be fully assessed. The effect of hepatic impairment on the elimination of cladribine is not known. Therapy with cladribine should be administered cautiously in patient with existing or predisposition to compromised hepatic function. Clinical monitoring of hepatic function is recommended.


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Cladribine Novaplus (cladribine) drug Interactions

There are 336 drug interactions with Cladribine Novaplus (cladribine)

Drug Interaction Classification

The classifications below are a general guideline only. It is difficult to determine the relevance of a particular drug interaction to any individual given the large number of variables.
Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.
Unknown No information available.

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