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Oprelvekin

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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Neumega®

    Uses
    • It is used to raise platelet counts.
    • Oprelvekin fires up the bone marrow to make platelets.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • The first dose is most often given 6 to 24 hours after you get chemo and is given until your platelet count reaches the right level.
    • Do not give for at least 2 days before your next chemo.
    • It is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.
    • Your doctor may teach you how to give the shot.
    • Take this drug at the same time of day.
    • When making, do not shake vial.
    • Wash your hands before and after use.
    • Throw away needles in a needle/sharp disposal box and take the box back to your doctor when it is full.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

    Storage

    • Store unopened vials in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.
    • Use within 3 hours of making.
    • Throw away any part of opened vial not used after use.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Unsafe allergic effects may happen. Tell your doctor about any fever, rash, feeling tired, upset stomach, throwing up, loose stools, belly pain, flu-like signs, sore throat, cough, or trouble breathing. Do not restart this drug if you have had an allergic reaction.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to oprelvekin or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

    Precautions

    • If you have a fast heartbeat or are taking drugs to control the heartbeat, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have kidney disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have high blood pressure, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have low potassium levels or if you are taking a water pill, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have a weak heart, talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood work checked. Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Anemia.
    • Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred eyesight, or a change in thinking clearly. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over a few minutes when sitting or lying down. Be careful climbing.
    • Swelling in the back of the eye.
    • Eye irritation.
    • Swelling.
    • Headache.
    • Feeling tired or weak.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Loose stools (diarrhea).
    • Mouth irritation or sores. Using a soft toothbrush or cotton swabs and rinsing the mouth may help. Do not use mouth rinses that have alcohol in them.
    • Harm to the heart may rarely happen.
    • Bone changes may rarely happen.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • Chest pain or pressure, a fast heartbeat, or passing out.
    • Very bad headache.
    • Any bruising or bleeding.
    • Sudden change in eyesight, eye pain, or irritation.
    • Swelling in your legs or belly.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • A big weight gain.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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