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Mircera Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is epoetin beta-methoxy polyethylene glycol (Mircera)?
- What are the possible side effects of epoetin beta-methoxy polyethylene glycol (Mircera)?
- What is the most important information I should know about epoetin beta-methoxy polyethylene glycol (Mircera)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using epoetin beta-methoxy polyethylene glycol (Mircera)?
- How should I use epoetin beta-methoxy polyethylene glycol (Mircera)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Mircera)?
- What happens if I overdose (Mircera)?
- What should I avoid while using epoetin beta-methoxy polyethylene glycol (Mircera)?
- What other drugs will affect epoetin beta-methoxy polyethylene glycol (Mircera)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using epoetin beta-methoxy polyethylene glycol (Mircera)?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to epoetin beta-methoxy polyethylene glycol, if you have untreated or uncontrolled high blood pressure.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you have:
- heart disease, congestive heart failure, or high blood pressure (hypertension);
- a history of stroke, heart attack, or blood clots;
- a blood cell or clotting disorder, such as sickle cell anemia or hemophilia;
- cancer; or
- epilepsy or another seizure disorder.
If you have any of the conditions listed above, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use epoetin beta-methoxy polyethylene glycol.
This medication may shorten remission time or survival time in people with certain types of cancer. Epoetin beta-methoxy polyethylene glycol is not for treating anemia in chemotherapy patients. Tell your doctor if have cancer or are receiving chemotherapy.
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 epoetin beta-methoxy polyethylene glycol 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 epoetin beta-methoxy polyethylene glycol (Mircera)?
Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the instructions on your prescription label.
Epoetin beta-methoxy polyethylene glycol is usually given once every 2 weeks or once a month.
This medication is given as an injection under the skin of your upper arm, thigh, or lower stomach. It may also be given through a needle placed into a vein. Your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider will give you this injection. You may be shown how to use your medicine at home.
Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of needles, IV tubing, and other items used in giving the medicine.
Use a different place on your skin each time you give yourself an injection. Your care provider will show you the places on your body where you can safely inject the medication. Do not inject into the same place two times in a row.
Do not shake the medication vial (bottle). Vigorous shaking can ruin the medicine. Do not draw your dose into a syringe until you are ready to give yourself an injection. Do not use the medication if it has changed colors or has any particles in it. Call your doctor for a new prescription.
Keep each vial or prefilled syringe in its original container until you are ready to use it. Each vial (bottle) or prefilled syringe of this medicine is for one use only. Throw away any medicine that is leftover after you use a vial or syringe.
Use each disposable needle only one time. Throw away used needles 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.
To be sure this medication is helping your body produce red blood cells, your blood will need to be tested on a regular basis. You may also need to check your blood pressure during treatment. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.
It may take up to 6 weeks of using this medicine before your symptoms improve. For best results, keep using the medication as directed. Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 6 weeks of treatment.
Epoetin beta-methoxy polyethylene glycol is only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include diet, dialysis, and other medications. Follow your doctor's instructions very closely.
If you need to have any type of surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using epoetin beta-methoxy polyethylene glycol.
Store this medication in the refrigerator, protected from light. Do not freeze or shake the medication.
If you need to store the medication at room temperature (77 degrees F or cooler), the vials will be good for up to 7 days. Prefilled syringes can be kept at room temperature for up to 30 days.
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