What Medicines Can Be Used to Treat Leukemia?

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A variety of medicines are often used to treat leukemia. Different medicines are used to treat specific type of your disease. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) Chemotherapy medicines: asparaginase, blinatumomab, clofarabine, daunorubicin, doxorubicin, methotrexate, nelarabine, or vincristine Corticosteroids: dexamethasone or prednisone Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) Chemotherapy medicines: cytarabine, daunorubicin, idarubicin, or mitoxantrone Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) Chemotherapy medicines: daunorubicin or idarubicin Other medicines: arsenic trioxide and all-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA). Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) Chemotherapy medicines: bendamustine, chlorambucil, cyclophosphamide, fludarabine, or vincristine Corticosteroids: prednisone Monoclonal antibodies: alemtuzumab or rituximab Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) Chemotherapy medicines: cyclophosphamide or cytarabine Tyrosine kinase inhibitors: dasatinib, imatinib, or nilotinib *Patients with CML who can’t have stem cell transplants and take tyrosine kinase inhibitors may be given busulfan, hydroxyurea, or interferon alfa (with or without cytarabine). These are medicines that can be used to treat leukemia. Talk to your doctor and find the best one for you.   Keywords: leukemia medicine