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Nplate Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is romiplostim (Nplate)?
- What are the possible side effects of romiplostim (Nplate)?
- What is the most important information I should know about romiplostim (Nplate)?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before receiving romiplostim (Nplate)?
- How is romiplostim given (Nplate)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Nplate)?
- What happens if I overdose (Nplate)?
- What should I avoid while receiving romiplostim (Nplate)?
- What other drugs will affect romiplostim (Nplate)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my health care provider before receiving romiplostim (Nplate)?
To make sure you can safely use romiplostim, tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease.
Using romiplostim may increase your risk of developing blood cancers, especially if you have myelodysplastic syndrome (also called "preleukemia"). Talk with your doctor if you have concerns about this risk.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether romiplostim will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
If you are pregnant, your name may be listed on a pregnancy registry. This is to track the outcome of the pregnancy and to evaluate any effects of romiplostim on the baby.
It is not known whether romiplostim passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using romiplostim.
How is romiplostim given (Nplate)?
Romiplostim is available only under a special program called Nplate NEXUS. You must be enrolled in this program and sign all required agreements in order to receive the medication. Read all program brochures and agreements carefully.
Romiplostim is given as an injection under the skin, usually once per week. Your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider will give you this injection.
It may take up to 4 weeks of before this medication is completely effective in preventing bleeding episodes. For best results, keep receiving the medication as directed. Talk with your doctor if you have any bruising or bleeding episodes after 4 weeks of treatment.
Using romiplostim long-term can cause harmful effects on your bone marrow that may result in serious blood cell disorders. To be sure this medication is helping your condition and not causing harmful effects, your blood will need to be tested often. Do not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor.
After you stop using romiplostim, your risk of bleeding may be even higher than it was before you started treatment. Be extra careful to avoid cuts or injury for at least 2 weeks after you stop using romiplostim. Your blood will need to be tested weekly during this time.
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