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Read this Medication Guide before you start receiving KALBITOR and before each treatment. There may be new information. This Medication Guide does not take the place of talking to your doctor about your medical condition or your treatment.
What is the most important information that I should know about KALBITOR?
Serious allergic reactions may happen in some people who receive KALBITOR. These allergic reactions can be life-threatening and usually happen within 1 hour after receiving KALBITOR.
- KALBITOR should be given to you by a doctor or nurse in a healthcare setting where serious allergic reactions and hereditary angioedema (HAE) can be treated.
- Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction to KALBITOR can be similar to the symptoms of HAE, the condition that you are being treated for. Your doctor or nurse should watch you for any signs of a serious allergic reaction after treatment with KALBITOR.
- Tell your doctor or nurse right away if you have any
of these symptoms of a serious allergic reaction during or after treatment with
- wheezing, shortness of breath, cough, chest tightness, or trouble breathing
- dizziness, fainting, fast or weak heartbeat, or feeling nervous
- reddening of the face, itching, hives, or feeling warm
- swelling of the throat or tongue, throat tightness, hoarse voice, or trouble swallowing
- runny nose, nasal congestion, or sneezing
What is KALBITOR?
KALBITOR is a prescription medicine used to treat sudden attacks of hereditary angioedema (HAE) in people 12 years of age and older. KALBITOR is not a cure for HAE. It is not known if KALBITOR is safe and effective in children under 12 years of age.
Who should not receive KALBITOR?
Do not receive KALBITOR if you are allergic to KALBITOR.
What should I tell my doctor before I receive KALBITOR?
Before receiving KALBITOR, tell your doctor if you:
- have ever had an allergic reaction to KALBITOR. See “Who should not receive KALBITOR?”
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if KALBITOR will harm your unborn baby.
- are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed. It is not known if KALBITOR passes into your breast milk.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-thecounter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show to your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.
How will I receive KALBITOR?
For each dose, you will receive 3 injections just under the skin (subcutaneous or SC injections) of your abdomen, thigh, or upper arm.
What are the possible side effects?
KALBITOR can cause serious allergic reactions. See “What is the most important information I should know about KALBITOR?”
Common side effects of KALBITOR include:
- injection site reactions, such as redness, rash, swelling, itching, or bruising
- stuffy nose
Call your doctor for advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
General information about KALBITOR
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. This Medication Guide gives you the most important information about KALBITOR. If you would like more information, talk with your doctor. You can ask your pharmacist or doctor for information about KALBITOR that is written for health professionals.
What are the ingredients of KALBITOR?
Active Ingredient: ecallantide
Last reviewed on RxList: 9/18/2014
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
Additional Kalbitor Information
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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