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

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

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  • Nipent
  • More common
    Cough or hoarseness
    fever or chills
    lower back or side pain
    pain
    painful or difficult urination
    skin rash or itching (sudden)
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    Less common
    Anxiety or nervousness
    black, tarry stools
    blood in the urine or stools
    changes in vision
    chest pain
    confusion
    cramps in lower legs
    mental depression
    nosebleed
    numbness or tingling of the hands or feet
    pinpoint red spots on the skin
    shortness of breath
    sleepiness
    sore, red eyes
    sores in the mouth or on the lips
    stomach pain
    swelling of the feet or lower legs
    trouble with sleeping
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    Some pentostatin side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

    More common
    Diarrhea
    headache
    loss of appetite
    muscle pain
    nausea and vomiting
    skin rash
    Less common
    Back pain
    bloating or gas
    constipation
    dry skin
    general feeling of discomfort or illness
    itching
    joint pain
    weakness
    weight loss
  • (intravenous powder for injection)