DARBEPOETIN ALFA

Description: Darbepoetin alfa, a biosynthetic form of erythropoietin, stimulates the division and differentiation of erythroid cells thereby regulating erythropoiesis.

Darbepoetin Alfa is used to reverse anemia in people with chronic kidney failure and people receiving chemotherapy for for non-myeloid cancer. It signals the bone marrow to make more red blood cells.

How to use darbepoetin alfa in polysorbate injection

It is injected under the skin or as directed by your doctor. Do not shake this medication and do not mix it with other drugs or IV solutions. Use as prescribed, do not tkae more or less of the dosage for best treatment outcome.  It may take 2 to 6 weeks for the results to be evident.

Ask your doctor about the risks and benefits of this drug especially for patients who are

Side effects may range from mild to serious complications.  Consult your doctor immediately when you feel the following symptoms: headache, body aches, diarrhea, and irritation at the injection site may occur, worsen high blood pressure, especially in patients with long-term kidney failure, symptoms of anemia return (such as increased tiredness, low energy, pale skin color, shortness of breath), seizures, blood clots (such as pulmonary embolism, stroke, heart attack, deep vein thrombosis), shortness of breath/rapid breathing, chest/jaw/left arm pain, unusual sweating, confusion, sudden dizziness/fainting, pain/swelling/warmth in the groin/calf, sudden/severe headaches, slurred speech, weakness on one side of the body, sudden vision changes, blood clots in your hemodialysis vascular access site.

Seek emergency medical help if you expereince allergies (rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing) or the symptoms mentioned above while taking this drug.

Inform your doctor of your allergies (food or drugs), medical conditions and  medical history before takingthis drug, especially of: high blood pressure, other blood disorders (such as sickle cell anemia, white blood cell or platelet problems, bone marrow problems), seizure disorder, a certain metabolic disorder (porphyria), certain vitamin deficiencies (folic acid, vitamin B12).

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

For pregnant and nursing (breastfeeding) women, consult your doctor before using this medication.

This drug may interact with other medications. Inform your doctor of other medications, prescription/nonprescription products you are using.

Overdose
Get medical emergency help immediately when you experience symptoms of overdose (seizures, bluish skin (cyanosis), sudden vision changes, sudden loss of vision).

Missed Dose
Take it as soon as you remember.  Do not increase the dose to catch up. If it is less than 6 hours until the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.

Storage
Store properly, keep refrigerated but do not freeze. Open box only when you’re about to use it. Discard properly.

Brands
There are no brands containing this molecule.

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