What should I know about Elitek before taking it?

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Elitek, generic name rasburicase, helps your body eliminate excess uric acid that may be produced after you have received a chemotherapy treatment. Before receiving it, you should discuss any allergies that you have had to Elitek or to other medications. If you have glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency, you should not receive Elitek. If you have G6PD deficiency and receive Elitek, you can become anemic or develop a condition called methemoglobinemia. If you receive Elitek, it can damage your red blood cells and limit their ability to bring oxygen to your body. You should also tell your doctor if you are of Mediterranean or African descent. People of these groups may not be able to receive Elitek. Your doctor will want to know if you have kidney problems, are pregnant, breastfeeding or dehydrated.