darbepoetin alfa - injection, Aranesp
GENERIC NAME: DARBEPOETIN ALFA - INJECTION (DAR-boh-poh-EE-tin AL-fuh)
BRAND NAME(S): Aranesp
WARNING: Discuss the risks and benefits of use for darbepoetin alfa with your doctor, as this medication may rarely cause very serious (possibly fatal) side effects, including blood clots. It will be very important to keep all laboratory test appointments, as your doctor will need to carefully check your red blood cell tests (hemoglobin). The lowest effective dose of this medication should be used.
When used to treat anemia related to cancer, this medication may also increase the risk of death and/or cause your tumor to grow faster. Therefore, your doctor should have special training in order to prescribe this medication and be able to discuss with you the risks and benefits of this medication. This medication should be stopped after completing a treatment course of chemotherapy as directed by your doctor.
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