Darbepoetin alfa is a prescription medicine that is used for treating anemia caused by chronic kidney failure or chemotherapy. It is a manufactured version of a human protein that stimulates red blood cell production by the bone marrow. The drug comes in the form of an injection that is given just under the skin or by IV. Possible side effects include diarrhea, fatigue, and infection.
Darbepoetin alfa (Aranesp®) is a prescription medication approved to treat anemia caused by the following:
- Chronic kidney failure (renal failure)
- Chemotherapy in people with cancer.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with darbepoetin alfa. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of darbepoetin alfa include but are not limited to:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Muscle pain.
(Click Side Effects of Darbepoetin Alfa to learn more, including some of the more serious side effects that you should report to your healthcare provider.)