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It is used to prevent low platelet counts after chemotherapy

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What is this medicine?

OPRELVEKIN (oh PREL ve kin) helps your body make more platelets in the blood. It is used to prevent low platelet counts after chemotherapy.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:
  • ascites
  • brain tumor or high pressure around brain
  • heart disease
  • history of stroke or TIA
  • irregular heartbeat
  • kidney disease
  • pleural effusion
  • taking diuretics
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to oprelvekin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection 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.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

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.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • diuretics

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor for regular checkups. You will need regular blood work done while you are taking this medicine. Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

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