romiplostim 250 mcg subcutaneous solution

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Medication name

Generic name:
Romiplostim - injection

Pronunciation
(ROE-mi-PLOE-stim)

Brand name(s)
Nplate

Uses

This medication is used to treat a certain blood disorder (idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura - ITP) in which the blood does not clot properly due to a lack of platelets. Platelets are a type of blood cell needed to form blood clots and prevent bleeding. Romiplostim decreases your risk of bleeding by increasing the number of platelets. Romiplostim acts like a certain natural substance (thrombopoietin) that causes the body to produce platelets.

How to use

Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using romiplostim and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

This medication is injected under the skin by a health care professional, usually once a week.

Dosage is based on your medical condition, weight, and response to treatment. Your doctor will order blood tests (platelet counts) to find the right dose for you. Be sure to keep all medical/lab appointments.

Your risk of bleeding may increase when you stop using romiplostim. Your doctor should order weekly blood tests for at least 2 weeks after your last dose. Tell your doctor right away if you develop any bleeding/bruising.

When used for an extended period, this medication may not work as well and may require different dosing. Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well.

Tell your doctor if your condition (bleeding/bruising) persists or worsens.

Side effects

Headache, joint/muscle pain, dizziness, heartburn, abdominal pain, tingling/numbness in hands/feet, and trouble sleeping may occur. In children, fever, mouth/throat pain, diarrhea, easy bruising, or swelling hands/ankles/feet may also occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell 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.

This medication may rarely cause serious problems from blood clots to the heart, brain or lung (such as pulmonary embolism, stroke, heart attack), especially if your platelet counts are too high. Keep all medical/lab test appointments. Get medical help right away if you experience:

  • sudden shortness of breath
  • chest/jaw/left arm pain
  • coughing up blood
  • sudden dizziness/fainting
  • pain/swelling/warmth in the groin/calf
  • slurred speech
  • weakness on one side of the body
  • vision problems/changes

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including:

  • rash
  • itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat)
  • severe 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 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Precautions

Before using romiplostim, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of:

  • blood clots
  • other blood disorders (such as blood cancer, myelodysplastic syndrome)
  • liver disease

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. It may harm an unborn baby. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

Overdose

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: signs of blood clots to the leg/lung/heart/brain such as pain/swelling/warmth in the groin/calf, sudden shortness of breath, coughing up blood, sudden dizziness/fainting, chest/jaw/left arm pain, slurred speech, weakness on one side of the body, vision problems/changes.

Notes

This medication must be used under close medical supervision so your blood counts can be monitored. Laboratory and/or medical tests (such as blood and platelet counts) should be performed before you start treatment, weekly when first starting, and then monthly to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.

Missed dose

If you miss a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist right away to establish a new dosing schedule.

Storage

Not applicable. This medication is given in a clinic or doctor's office and will not be stored at home.

Medical alert

Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For information about enrolling in MedicAlert, call 1-888-633-4298 (US) or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).

Important note

HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.

Information last revised January 2019.

Selected from NATIONAL DRUG DATA FILE (NDDF) data included with permission and copyrighted by First Databank, Inc., 2019. This copyrighted material has been downloaded from a licensed data provider.

The above information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your health care professional. You should consult your health care professional before taking any drug, changing your diet, or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment.