DARBEPOETIN ALFA (dar be POE e tin AL fa) helps your body make more red blood cells. It is used to treat anemia caused by chronic kidney failure and chemotherapy.
This medicine is for injection into a vein or under the skin. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
If you get this medicine at home, you will be taught how to prepare and give this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or healthcare provider to get one.
A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this medicine may be used in children as young as 1 year for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
changes in vision
confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
high blood pressure
muscle aches or pains
pain, swelling, warmth in the leg
rapid weight gain
sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg
trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
swelling of the ankles, feet, hands
unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
fever, chills (flu-like symptoms)
redness, stinging, or swelling at site where injected
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store in a refrigerator between 2 and 8 degrees C (36 and 46 degrees F). Do not freeze. Do not shake. Throw away any unused portion if using a single-dose vial. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
blood clotting disorders or history of blood clots
cancer patient not on chemotherapy
heart disease, such as angina, heart failure, or a history of a heart attack
hemoglobin level of 12 g/dL or greater
low levels of folate, iron, or vitamin B12
an unusual or allergic reaction to darbepoetin, erythropoietin, albumin, hamster proteins, latex, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.