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METHOXY POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL-EPOETIN BETA helps your body make more red blood cells. It is used to treat anemia caused by kidney failure. Compare erythropoiesis-stimulating agents.
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Mircera 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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Side Effects to watch for

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
  • blood clots in your hemodialysis vascular access device
  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
  • high blood pressure
  • seizures
  • signs and symptoms of a blood clot such as breathing problems; chest pain; pain, swelling, warmth in the leg
  • signs and symptoms of a stroke like changes in vision; confusion; trouble speaking or understanding; severe headaches; sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg; trouble walking; dizziness; loss of balance or coordination
  • swelling of the ankles, feet, hands
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • 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
  • headache
  • irritation at site where injected

What may interact with this drug?

This medicine may interact with the following medications:

  • darbepoetin alfa
  • epoetin alfa
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