Aranesp

Drug List

Aranesp

Drug Name

Aranesp (Darbepoetin alfa)

Manufactured By

Amgen Inc

Drug Savings


Nationwide Prescription Connection (NPC) is an experienced advocacy service that helps connect patients to manufacturer provided free and discount programs. We can help the uninsured, under insured, those in the Medicare gap also known as the "doughnut hole", or even those needing help with expensive co-pays.  Our web site makes it easy for you to enter the medications you are taking, along with some basic patient information, and then finds the program that is right for you.


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Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

Aranesp® is a prescription medicine used to treat a lower than normal number of red blood cells (anemia) caused by chronic kidney disease in patients on dialysis and not on dialysis. Aranesp® is a prescription medicine used to treat a lower than normal number of red blood cells (anemia) caused by chemotherapy that will be used for at least two months after starting Aranesp®. Aranesp® should not be used for the treatment of anemia: If you have cancer and you will not be receiving chemotherapy that may cause anemia for at least 2 more months If you have a cancer that has a high chance of being cured In place of emergency treatment for anemia (red blood cell transfusions) Aranesp® has not been proven to improve quality of life, fatigue, or well-being.

How To Use

This medication is given as an injection under the skin or into a vein as directed by your doctor. Hemodialysis patients should receive this medication by injection into a vein.

Side Effects

Aranesp® may cause other serious side effects: High blood pressure. High blood pressure is a common side effect of Aranesp® in patients with chronic kidney disease. Your blood pressure may go up or be difficult to control with blood pressure medication while taking Aranesp®. This can happen even if you have never had high blood pressure before. Your healthcare provider should check your blood pressure often. Seizures. If you have seizures while taking Aranesp®, get medical help right away and tell your healthcare provider. Antibodies to Aranesp®. Your body may make antibodies to Aranesp® that can block or lessen your body’s ability to make RBCs and cause you to have severe anemia. Call your healthcare provider if you have unusual tiredness, lack of energy, dizziness, or fainting. You may need to stop taking Aranesp®. Serious allergic reactions. Serious allergic reactions can cause a rash over your whole body, shortness of breath, wheezing, dizziness and fainting due to a drop in blood pressure, swelling around your mouth or eyes, fast pulse, or sweating. If you have a serious allergic reaction, stop using Aranesp® and call your healthcare provider or get medical help right away. Common side effects of Aranesp® include: Shortness of breath Cough Low blood pressure during dialysis Abdominal pain Edema (swelling) of the arms or legs

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

In Case of Overdose

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

In Case of Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist right away to establish a new dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store in the refrigerator. Do not freeze. Protect from light. Store the medication in the original carton until ready for use. Let the medication come to room temperature before using. After each dose, discard any unused medication right away. Keep all medications away from children and pets.