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Darbepoetin alfa is used to treat low red blood cell counts (anemia) either in people with long-term kidney failure (chronic renal failure) or in people with certain types of cancer (non-myeloid) who are receiving chemotherapy. It works by stimulating the bone marrow to make more red blood cells.
- Store refrigerated between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C) away from light.
- Do not freeze or shake the vials or syringes.
- Discard any unused portion of the vial or syringe.
- If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
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Aranesp (darbepoetin alfa) 100 mcg/
- Learn how to prepare and inject Aranesp and review the darbepoetin alfa Patient Information Booklet.
- If any of the information is unclear, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
- Do not shake the vial or syringe and do not mix Aranesp with IV solutions or other injectable drugs.
- Consult your pharmacist.
- Inject Aranesp into a vein (IV) or under the skin (SC) usually once weekly; or as directed by your doctor.
- The dosage is based on your weight, medical condition, and response to therapy.
- Use Aranesp exactly as prescribed.
- Do not increase your dose, use it more frequently, or use it for a longer period of time than prescribed because doing so may increase your chance for serious side effects.
- It may take up to 4 weeks before the full benefit of Aranesp takes effect.
- Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration.
- If either is present, do not use the liquid.
- Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely.
- Consult your pharmacist.
- Headache, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, cough, or constipation may occur.
- If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor.
- Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: pain/irritation/redness/bruising at the injection site, other pain (e.g., muscle, joint, back, stomach, or chest pain), unusual tiredness/weakness, swelling of the arms/legs.
- Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: flu-like symptoms (e.g., fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches), blurred vision, irregular heartbeat, severe chest pain, shortness of breath, pain in the legs or groin.
- Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: seizures, one-sided weakness, slurred speech, confusion.
- An allergic reaction to Aranesp is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
- Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing.
- If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Aranesp is not recommended for use if you have the following medical conditions: uncontrolled high blood pressure.
- Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: heart problems, other blood disorders (e.g., sickle cell anemia, porphyria), vitamin deficiencies (e.g., B-12, folate), seizures, high blood pressure (treated or controlled), recent infections or injury, cancer, inflammatory conditions (e.g., bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis), any allergies.
- Aranesp should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
- Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
- It is not known if Aranesp passes into breast milk.
- Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
- If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember.
- If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
- Do not double the dose to catch up.
- Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially: other blood- related products (e.g., erythropoietin alfa).
- Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.