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What precautions should be considered before receiving nelarabine?

Receiving nelarabine may lead to serious complications of the central nervous system, which may manifest in problems with balance, fine motor skills and coordination. These side effects may not get better after stopping nelarabine treatment. These side effects may be more pronounced in the elderly. You should not receive nelarabine if you are pregnant or may become pregnant, because this medication may harm a fetus. Nelarabine may lower the concentration of white blood cells in the body affecting the immune system's ability to fight infection. For this reason, avoid receiving a live vaccination while undergoing nelarabine treatment. Nelarabine may also affect platelet counts preventing the blood from clotting properly. Avoid activities that may lead to injuries, bruising or bleeding. This medication may also affect blood sugar levels, so diabetics should check sugar levels closely. Nelarabine side effects may impair reasoning and thinking so avoid driving until you know how this medication affects you. Your doctor may order lab tests to monitor side effects and your condition. Talk to your doctor about long- and short-term side effects while taking nelarabine.

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