Which medications in the drug class Vitamins are used in the treatment of Diffuse Large Cell Lymphoma?

Updated: Jun 12, 2019
  • Author: Shipra Gandhi, MBBS; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Vitamins

Vitamins are used to correct folic acid deficiency resulting from use of folic acid antagonists.

Leucovorin

Leucovorin is used with folic acid antagonists, such as methotrexate. It is a reduced form of folic acid that does not require enzymatic reduction reaction for activation. It allows for purine and pyrimidine synthesis, both of which are needed for normal erythropoiesis. It is an important cofactor for the enzymes used in the production of red blood cells. Leucovorin (folinic acid, which reduces adverse effects) is given on alternating days with methotrexate, until there is a 15% decline in β-HCG over 2 days.


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