Cladribine is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.

Cladribine is used to treat hairy cell leukemia (a type of blood cancer).

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  • Cladribine Novaplus, Leustatin
  • More common
    Black, tarry stools
    blood in urine
    cough or hoarseness, accompanied by fever or chills
    fever
    lower back or side pain, accompanied by fever or chills
    painful or difficult urination, accompanied by fever or chills
    pinpoint red spots on skin
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    Severity: Moderate
    If any of the following side effects occur while taking cladribine, check with your doctor or nurse as soon as possible:

    More common
    Skin rash
    Less common
    Pain or redness at place of injection
    shortness of breath
    stomach pain
    swelling of feet or lower legs
    unusually fast heartbeat
    This medicine may also cause the following side effects that your doctor will watch out for:

    More common
    Anemia
    low white cell counts in blood
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with cladribine may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    More common
    Headache
    loss of appetite
    nausea
    unusual tiredness
    vomiting
    Less common
    Constipation
    diarrhea
    dizziness
    general feeling of discomfort or illness
    itching
    muscle or joint pain
    sweating
    trouble in sleeping
    weakness
  • (intravenous solution)