Type your drug name (like Atorvastatin, Sildenafil, etc)
Darbepoetin Alfa
Specialty Drug
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.
Prescription Settings
4 syringes of 40mcg/0.4ml
1 carton
4 syringes of 40mcg/0.4ml
1 carton

Darbepoetin Alfa Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.

You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.

This medicine may cause a decrease in vitamin B6. You should make sure that you get enough vitamin B6 while you are taking this medicine. Discuss the foods you eat and the vitamins you take with your health care professional.


Common and Rare Side Effects

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

Accumulation of pus

arm, back, or jaw pain

blurred vision

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

chest pain, discomfort, tightness, or heaviness



cough producing mucus

decrease in the amount of urine


dilated neck veins

dizziness, fainting, or lightheadedness

dry mouth

fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat

fatigue or tiredness (extreme or unusual)




pain, tenderness, swelling, or warmth over the injection site

pounding in the ears

rapid breathing

rapid or pounding pulse

skin discoloration at the injection site

stomach pain

sunken eyes


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


trouble with breathing



weight gain

wrinkled skin

Less common


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)



hives, itching, skin rash

pale skin

sore throat

Incidence not known

Blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin


joint or muscle pain

red, irritated eyes

red skin lesions, often with a purple center

sores, ulcers, or white spots in mouth or on the lips

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


general feeling of discomfort or illness

lack or loss of strength

loss of appetite

muscle aches, pains, or stiffness

runny nose



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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