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In this Article
- What is coagulation factor IX (Benefix)?
- What are the possible side effects of coagulation factor IX (Benefix)?
- What is the most important information I should know about coagulation factor IX (Benefix)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using coagulation factor IX (Benefix)?
- How should I use coagulation factor IX (Benefix)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Benefix)?
- What happens if I overdose (Benefix)?
- What should I avoid while using coagulation factor IX (Benefix)?
- What other drugs will affect coagulation factor IX (Benefix)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using coagulation factor IX (Benefix)?
Do not use this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a clotting factor medication, or if you are allergic to hamster proteins.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to latex rubber, or if you have:
- liver disease;
- coronary artery disease (hardening of the arteries); or
- history of stroke or heart attack.
FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether coagulation factor IX passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use coagulation factor IX (Benefix)?
Coagulation factor IX is given as an injection through a needle placed into a vein. Your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider will give you this injection. You may be given instructions on how to use your injections at home.
Do not use this medicine at home if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of needles and other items used in giving the medicine.
Use each disposable needle only one time. Throw away used needles and syringes in a puncture-proof container (ask your pharmacist where you can get one and how to dispose of it). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.
Coagulation factor IX is a powder medication that must be mixed with a liquid (diluent) before injecting it. Use the injection within 3 hours after mixing your dose.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood will need to be tested on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.
Carry an ID card or wear a medical alert bracelet stating that you have a bleeding disorder in case of emergency. Any doctor, dentist, or emergency medical care provider who treats you should know about your condition.
If you store this medication at home, keep the powder medicine in the refrigerator. Do not freeze. Avoid exposing the medication to sunlight.
The diluent can be stored at room temperature. You may also coagulation factor IX powder at cool room temperature for up to 6 months.
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