What is Fludarabine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Fludara

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See also: FCMR protocol

Fludarabine is an anticancer drug used to treat progressive or refractory B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia. It has also been used for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, refractory acute leukemias and solid tumors, Waldenström's macroglobulinemia and prior to allogenic stem cell transplantation.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia 87 4
Mantle cell lymphoma 4 0
Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia 3 0
Bone marrow transplant 1 1
Hairy cell leukemia 1 4

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 2
Mild 6
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fludarabine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Constipation 1
Diarrhea 1
Dry skin 1
Fatigue 1
Weakened immune system 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fludarabine

Dosage Patients Percentage
50 mg every 6 weeks 1
50 mg monthly 1

Why patients stopped taking Fludarabine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 4
See all 5 patients who've stopped taking Fludarabine

Duration

Currently taking Fludarabine

Duration Patients Percentage
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Fludarabine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 7
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 2
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 6
Not specified 3

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Fludarabine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Bendamustine (Treanda) 1
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1 patient evaluation for Fludarabine

Feb 3, 2017 (Started Jul 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for chronic lymphocytic leukemia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (blood pressure decreased)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 4, 2008 (Started Jul 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for chronic lymphocytic leukemia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Monthly
Advice & Tips: This is half of the standard front-line treatment for CLL. It worked great for me; hope the same is true for others.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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