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New Drug Checklist: Darbepoetin Alfa

Magazine article Drug Topics

New Drug Checklist: Darbepoetin Alfa

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For the patient

(dar-bo-po-EE-tin AL-fa) (INJECTION)

This drug is used to treat anemia that is caused by kidney failure.

BRAND NAME: Aranesp

WHEN YOU SHOULD NOT USE THIS MEDICINE

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to darbepoetin or if you have high blood pressure that is not well-controlled.

HOW TO USE AND STORE THIS MEDICINE

*Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot under your skin or into a vein.

*A nurse or other trained healthcare professional will give you this medicine. It may also be given by a home health caregiver.

* You may be taught how to give your medicine at home. Make sure you understand all instructions before giving yourself an injection. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.

*You will be shown the body areas where this shot can be given. Use a different body area each time you give yourself a shot. Keep track of where you give each shot to make sure you rotate body areas.

*Use a new needle and syringe each time you inject your medicine. Throw away used needles in a hard, closed container that the needles cannot poke through. Keep this container away from children and pets.

*This medicine comes in singleuse vials (bottles). Use each vial only one time, then throw it away.

*Never shake the vial of darbepoetin. Shaking the liquid can cause the medicine to lose its strength.

*If you store this medicine at home, keep it in the refrigerator, away from direct light. Do not freeze.

*Keep all medicine away from children, and never share your medicine with anyone.

IF YOU MISS A DOSE

*Call your doctor, pharmacist, or home health caregiver for instructions.

DRUGS AND FOODS TO AVOID

*Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. …

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