The dose of darbepoetin alfa that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- The cause of your anemia (chemotherapy or kidney failure)
- How you respond to darbepoetin alfa (as measured by blood tests)
- Your weight
- Other medications you may be taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
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This product is unlikely to interact with other medications (see Drug Interactions With Darbepoetin Alfa).
People who take too much darbepoetin alfa may experience the following effects:
(Click Aranesp Overdose for more information.)
Darbepoetin alfa should be stored under refrigeration. Do not freeze it, and do not use any darbepoetin alfa that has been frozen. When transporting it, be sure to use an insulated container and a coolant (such as a blue ice pack). Make sure the drug does not directly touch the coolant, in order to prevent it from freezing.
Also, be sure to keep darbepoetin alfa away from light until you are just ready to use it. Light can destroy the delicate darbepoetin alfa molecules. Because the medication contains no preservatives, you should not save any of the solution left over from an injection.
Keep this and all other medications out of the reach of children.