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Darbepoetin Alfa

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Related terms
Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Aranesp®;Aranesp® SingleJect®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Aranesp®
    • Pharmacologic Category: Colony Stimulating Factor;Growth Factor;Recombinant Human Erythropoietin

    Uses
    • It is used to treat anemia.
    • It is used to help avoid the need for blood transfusions.
    • Darbepoetin alpha fires up the bone marrow to make red blood cells.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • It is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.
    • It may be given as a shot into a vein.
    • Your doctor may teach you how to give the shot.
    • Wash your hands before and after use.
    • Throw away needles in a needle/sharp disposal box and take the box back to your doctor when it is full.
    • Iron is often needed.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.
    • Do not shake.
    • Protect from light.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • This drug may raise the chance of heart attack, stroke, heart failure, blood clots, tumor growth, and death. People with higher red blood cell counts or having surgery have more chance of getting these problems. Your doctor will need to watch your blood cell counts and follow you closely to change the dose to match your body's needs. Talk with your doctor.
    • Cancer patients can only get this drug if doctors or hospitals are in the ESA APPRISE Oncology Program.
    • Please read the medication guide.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to darbepoetin alfa or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have very high blood pressure.
    • If you have a kind of anemia called Pure Red Cell Aplasia (PRCA).
    • If you have a latex allergy, talk with your doctor.

    Precautions

    • If you have heart disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have high blood pressure, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have porphyria, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have seizures, talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood pressure and heart rate checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood work checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • High or low blood pressure.
    • Swelling.
    • Irritation where the shot is given.
    • Belly pain.
    • Cough.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Chest pain or pressure or a fast heartbeat.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • Change in strength on 1 side is greater than the other, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, or blurred eyesight.
    • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
    • Swelling or pain in the leg or arm.
    • Seizures.
    • Very bad headache.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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