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Darbepoetin Alfa Coupon - Darbepoetin Alfa 4 syringes of 100mcg/0.5ml carton
Darbepoetin Alfa
Specialty Drug

Aranesp

DARBEPOETIN ALFA helps your body make more red blood cells. It is used to treat anemia caused by chronic kidney failure and chemotherapy. Compare erythropoiesis-stimulating agents.

Insurance Coverage: Many major insurance plans no longer cover Aranesp as of 2015. Learn More

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Darbepoetin Alfa Side Effects

What should I watch for?

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.

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Interactions with Medications

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common

Abdominal or stomach pain

accumulation of pus

arm, back, or jaw pain

blurred vision

breathing problems (irregular, noisy, or trouble when resting)

chest pain, discomfort, tightness, or heaviness

chills

confusion

cough producing mucus

decrease in the amount of urine

diarrhea

dilated neck veins

dizziness, fainting, or lightheadedness

dry mouth

fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat

fatigue or tiredness (extreme or unusual)

fever

headache

nausea

pain, tenderness, swelling, or warmth over injection site

pounding in the ears

rapid breathing

rapid or pounding pulse

shortness of breath

skin discoloration at the injection site

sunken eyes

sweating

swelling of the ankles, face, fingers, feet, hands, or lower legs

thirst

trouble with breathing

unconsciousness

vomiting

weight gain

wheezing

wrinkled skin

Less common

Anxiety

convulsions

difficulty with speaking (slow speech or unable to speak)

double vision

trouble with thinking

trouble with walking

unable to move the arms, legs, or face muscles (including numbness and tingling)

Rare

Fever and sore throat

hives

itching

pale skin

skin rash

unusual tiredness or weakness

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

Constipation

general feeling of discomfort or illness

lack or loss of strength

loss of appetite

muscle aches, pains, or stiffness

pain in the joints

runny nose

shivering

sneezing

trouble with sleeping

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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