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Eltrombopag (el TROM boe pag)

Adult Medication

Brand Names: U.S.

Promacta

Brand Names: Canada

Revolade

Warning

  • This drug may raise the risk of liver failure when taken with interferon and ribavirin in patients with hepatitis C.

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to raise platelet counts.
  • It is used to treat aplastic anemia.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take this drug?

  • If you have an allergy to eltrombopag or any other part of this drug.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
This drug may interact with other drugs or health problems.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take this drug?

  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
  • Do not stop taking this drug without calling your doctor. You may have a greater risk of very low platelets and bleeding. If you need to stop this drug, talk with your doctor.
  • Have an eye exam before starting care and then one every year.
  • If you are of East Asian descent, talk with your doctor.
  • Cataracts may rarely happen.
  • Blood clots have happened with this drug. Sometimes, blood clots like heart attack and stroke have been deadly. Talk with the doctor.
  • Use care to prevent injury and avoid falls or crashes.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Very bad belly pain in the upper, right side.
  • Chest pain or pressure.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Coughing up blood.
  • Change in strength on 1 side is greater than the other, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, or blurred eyesight.
  • Swelling, warmth, numbness, change of color, or pain in a leg or arm.
  • Change in eyesight, eye pain, or very bad eye irritation.
  • A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
  • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Very loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Any bruising or bleeding while you take and after you stop taking this drug.
  • Very bad mouth pain or irritation.
  • Pain when passing urine.
  • Passing urine often.
  • Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
  • Swelling of belly.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
  • Headache.
  • Not able to sleep.
  • Itching.
  • Not hungry.
  • Flu-like signs.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Feeling tired or weak.
  • Cough.
  • Muscle or joint pain.
  • Runny nose.
  • Stuffy nose.
  • Sneezing.
  • Back pain.
  • Hair loss.
  • Dizziness.
  • Muscle spasm.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best taken?

Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.
  • Take on an empty stomach. Take 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.
  • Do not take dairy products, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, multivitamins with minerals, or antacids within 4 hours of this drug.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

General drug facts

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Last Reviewed Date

2014-09-10

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