drotrecogin alfa-injectable, Xigris
GENERIC NAME: DROTRECOGIN ALFA - INJECTABLE (droh-treh-KOH-gin)
BRAND NAME(S): Xigris
USES: Drotrecogin alfa is a man-made (recombinant) form of a natural enzyme called Activated Protein C. It is used to treat severe/life-threatening infections in the blood (severe sepsis associated with acute organ failure).
HOW TO USE: Follow all instructions for proper mixing and dilution with the correct IV fluids. If you have any questions regarding the use of this medication, consult your pharmacist. When mixing this drug, do not shake the vial(s). Gently swirl the mixture until all the powder has dissolved. Shaking this drug may cause it to become ineffective. Because of stability issues with this drug, each dose must be made immediately before it is given. Give this medication by vein (IV) continuously for 4 days (96 hours) mixed in a saline solution (NS). Each IV bag/bottle is given over 12 hours for a total of 8 bags/bottles; or give as directed by the doctor. The dosage is based on your weight, medical condition, and response to therapy. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely. Consult your pharmacist.
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