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Folinic acid (Leucovorin)

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Also known as calcium leucovorin or citrovorum factor.
 
==General information==
Class/mechanism: Folic acid analog; counteracts the effects of folic acid antagonists such as methotrexate, which acts by inhibiting dihydrofolate reductase. Enhances the activity of [[Fluorouracil (5-FU)]] by inhibiting thymidylate synthase.<ref name="insert">[http://patient.cancerconsultants.com/druginserts/Leucovorin_inj.pdf Folinic acid (Leucovorin) package insert]</ref><ref>[http://hemonc.org/docs/packageinsert/folinicacid.pdf Folinic acid (Leucovorin) package insert (locally hosted backup)]</ref>
For conciseness and simplicity, HemOnc.org currently will focus on treatment regimens and not list information such as: renal/hepatic dose adjustments, metabolism (including CYP450), excretion, monitoring parameters (although this will be considered for checklists), or manufacturer. Instead, for the most current information, please refer to your preferred pharmacopeias such as [http://www.thomsonhc.com/home/dispatch Micromedex], [http://online.lexi.com/ Lexicomp], [http://www.utdol.com/online/content/search.do UpToDate (courtesy of Lexicomp)], or the prescribing information.<ref name="insert"></ref>
 
==Diseases for which it is used==
*[[Acute lymphocytic leukemia]] ‎
*[[Cervical cancer]] ‎
*[[Colon cancer]] ‎
*[[Esophageal cancer]] ‎
*[[Gastric cancer]] ‎
*[[Hepatobiliary cancer]] ‎
*[[Non-Hodgkin lymphoma]] ‎
*[[Pancreatic cancer]] ‎
*[[Rectal cancer]] ‎
==Patient drug information==
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