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Panhematin Patient Information including How Should I Take

What should I discuss with my health care provider before using hemin (Panhematin)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to hemin.

Before using hemin, tell your doctor if you are allergic to latex rubber.

FDA pregnancy category C. Hemin 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 hemin 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.

Hemin is made from human blood and may contain viruses and other infectious agents that can cause disease. Although donated human blood is screened, tested, and treated to reduce the risk of it containing anything that could cause disease, there is still a small possibility it could transmit disease. Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using this medication.

How should I use hemin (Panhematin)?

Use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Using too much hemin could be harmful to your kidneys. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Hemin 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 shown how to use your medicine at home. Do not self-inject hemin 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.

For best results from this medication, start using it at the first sign of a porphyria attack.

Hemin injected through an IV infusion can take 10 or 15 minutes to complete. You may need to use hemin daily for up to 2 weeks depending on how your body responds to the medication.

Hemin powder must be mixed with a liquid (diluent) just before using it. If you are using the injections at home, be sure you understand how to properly mix and store the medication.

After mixing hemin with the diluent, shake the mixture for 2 or 3 full minutes to help the medication dissolve completely.

Give the injection right away after mixing the medication. Do not save it for later use. Throw away any unused mixture after giving your injection.

To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your urine may need to be tested on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

Store unmixed hemin powder in the refrigerator.

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