Leukemia

What is Leukemia?

Leukemia is a cancer of the blood or bone marrow. There are different types of leukemia in which different cells are affected. Leukemia occurs when there is an increased number in white blood cells in the blood.

There is no cure for leukemia; however, there are medications that can prolong life. Common drug classes used to treat leukemia are alkylating drugs, antimetabolites, CD20 antibodies, CD33 cytotoxins, CD52 antibodies, human immunoglobulin Gs, interferon alphas, kinase inhibitors, nucleoside metabolic inhibitors, topoisomerase inhibitors, and vinca alkaloids.

Savings Tips for Leukemia

  • Iclusig Sales Suspended

    November 04, 2013

    The FDA has requested that the manufacturer of Iclusig, Ariad Pharmaceuticals, suspend marketing and sales of the leukemia treatment due to potentially life-threatening side effects.

    A recent investigation showed an increased frequency of blood clots and narrowing of blood vessels. About 24% of patients in one clinical trial and 48% of patients in another experienced serious, sometimes fatal or life-threatening adverse vascular events—this includes problems with blood flow, heart attack, and stroke. See More

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Popular Leukemia Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
prednisone Corticosteroids 9 See Prices
Rheumatrex
(methotrexate)
Antifolates 24 See Prices
Medrol
(methylprednisolone)
Corticosteroids 33 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Leukemia Drug Classes

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