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This medicine is used to treat anemia caused by chronic kidney failure, cancer chemotherapy, or HIV-therapy
               



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What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • darbepoetin alfa

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your prescriber or health care professional for regular checks on your progress and for the needed blood tests and blood pressure measurements. It is especially important for the doctor to make sure your hemoglobin level is in the desired range, to limit the risk of potential side effects and to give you the best benefit. Keep all appointments for any recommended tests. Check your blood pressure as directed. Ask your doctor what your blood pressure should be and when you should contact him or her.

As your body makes more red blood cells, you may need to take iron, folic acid, or vitamin B supplements. Ask your doctor or health care provider which products are right for you. If you have kidney disease continue dietary restrictions, even though this medication can make you feel better. Talk with your doctor or health care professional about the foods you eat and the vitamins that you take.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

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
  • breathing problems
  • changes in vision
  • chest pain
  • 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
  • severe headaches
  • sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg
  • trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • seizures (convulsions)
  • 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):

  • diarrhea
  • fever, chills (flu- like symptoms)
  • headaches
  • nausea, vomiting
  • redness, stinging, or swelling at site where injected

               
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