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Side Effects of Darbepoetin Alfa

Common Side Effects of Darbepoetin Alfa

Darbepoetin alfa has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, in which side effects are carefully documented. In these studies, the most common side effects of darbepoetin alfa included:
  • Fatigue -- in up to 44 percent of people
  • Infection -- up to 27 percent
  • Diarrhea -- up to 22 percent
  • Muscle pain -- up to 21 percent
  • Fever -- up to 19 percent
  • Constipation -- up to 18 percent
  • Headaches -- up to 16 percent.
Other common darbepoetin alfa side effects (occurring in 5 to 15 percent of people) included:
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Joint pain
  • Abdominal pain (or stomach pain)
  • Arm or leg pain
  • Back pain
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Infection, bleeding, or pain at the injection or IV site
  • Dehydration.

Final Thoughts on Darbepoetin Alfa Side Effects

It is possible that you may experience some or none of the darbepoetin alfa side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand whether you will have side effects from a medicine that you have never tried. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking darbepoetin alfa or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be a side effect, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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