GENERIC NAME: HEMIN FOR INJECTION (HEE-min)
BRAND NAME(S): Panhematin
USES: This medication is used to treat the symptoms that occur with certain blood disorders (porphyrias). Other treatments are recommended for trial before using hemin, also called hematin.Hemin is not a cure for porphyria. In some cases, this medication may relieve symptoms such as pain, high blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, or mental changes that may occur during an acute attack of porphyria. If you have any questions about the use of this medication, consult your doctor.
HOW TO USE: This medication should only be given in a hospital or clinic setting where you can be monitored closely. It is given by injection into a vein as directed by your doctor, usually once daily.The dosage is based on your weight, medical conditions, and response to therapy.
SIDE EFFECTS: Discoloration of the skin or pain, tenderness, or swelling along your veins may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: easy bruising or bleeding.A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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