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Darbepoetin Alfa
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Darbepoetin Alfa Overview

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(dar be POE e tin AL fa)

U.S. Brand Names

Aranesp®

Canadian Brand Names

Aranesp®

Pharmacologic Category

Colony Stimulating Factor; Growth Factor; Recombinant Human Erythropoietin

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• This medicine may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure, blood clots, tumor growth and death. People with higher blood cell counts are more at risk. Your healthcare provider will need to monitor your blood cell counts and follow you closely to change the dose to match your body's needs. Talk with healthcare provider.

• This medicine is only available to cancer patients if healthcare providers or hospitals have enrolled in the ESA APPRISE Oncology Program.

• Please read the medication guide.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to darbepoetin alfa or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have uncontrolled high blood pressure.

• If you have a latex allergy, talk with healthcare provider.

How does it work?

• Darbepoetin alpha stimulates bone marrow to produce red blood cells.

How is it best taken?

• This medicine is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.

• It may be given as a shot into a vein.

• Wash hands before and after use.

• Your healthcare provider may teach you how to give the shot.

• Throw away needles in needle/sharp disposal box and return box to healthcare provider when full.

• Iron supplements are often needed.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Check blood pressure and heart rate regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.

• Check blood work regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.

• Do not shake.

• Protect from light.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 11:47:00.0

Modified: 2010-03-25 11:43:43.0

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