GENERIC NAME: OPRELVEKIN - INJECTION (oh-PRELL-veh-kin)
BRAND NAME(S): Neumega
WARNING: A very serious allergic reaction can occur with this medication. If you develop an allergic reaction to this medication, you should not take it again. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. See also Side Effects section.
USES: This medication is used to prevent very low platelet counts (thrombocytopenia) and to reduce the need for platelet transfusions after certain chemotherapy treatments. Platelets help your blood clot when you are cut or injured. Having too few platelets can cause you to bruise easier and/or bleed longer when you get cut or injured. This medication causes your body to make more platelets.
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using oprelvekin and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.This medication is injected under the skin of the abdomen, thigh, hip, or upper arm, usually once daily starting 6 to 24 hours after chemotherapy treatment or as directed by your doctor.Learn all preparation and usage instructions in the Patient Information Leaflet. If any of the information is unclear, consult your doctor or pharmacist.After mixing the medication, swirl it gently to combine. Do not shake the medication. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid.Before injecting each dose, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol. It is important to change the location of the injection site daily to avoid problem areas under the skin.Dosage and length of treatment is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. It is not recommended to use this medication longer than 21 days for each treatment course.Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day.Use this medication exactly as prescribed. Do not increase your dose or take this medication more often or longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and the risk of serious side effects may be increased.The mixed medication or the sterile water for injection that comes with the medication should only be used once. Throw away any unused portion. Learn how to store and throw away needles and medical supplies safely. Consult your pharmacist.
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