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Oprelvekin (oh PREL ve kin)

Pediatric Medication

Brand Names: U.S.

Neumega

Warning

  • Unsafe allergic effects may happen. Tell your child’s doctor about any fever, rash, feeling tired, upset stomach, throwing up, loose stools, belly pain, flu-like signs, sore throat, cough, or trouble breathing. Do not restart this drug if your child has had an allergic effect.

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to raise platelet counts.

Is it safe for my child to take this drug?

  • Not if your child has an allergy to oprelvekin or any other part of this drug.
  • Be sure to let the doctor know if your child has any allergies or side effects to drugs, foods, or dyes. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs your child had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

  • If your child has a fast heartbeat or is taking drugs to control the heartbeat, talk with your child’s doctor.
  • If your child has high blood pressure, talk with the doctor.
  • If your child has kidney disease, talk with the doctor.
  • If your child has low potassium levels or if your child is taking a water pill, talk with the doctor.
  • If your child has a weak heart, talk with the doctor.
  • Have your child’s blood work checked. Talk with your child’s doctor.
  • Check all drugs your child is taking with your child’s doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.

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

  • If any of this news causes you to be worried, any of the unwanted side effects happen, or if your child is not better after taking this drug.
  • 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.
  • If your child shows signs of a very bad reaction, call your child’s doctor or the ER right away. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or if your child is not acting normal.
  • If your child has trouble breathing.
  • If your child has chest pain or pressure, a fast heartbeat, or passes out.
  • If your child has a bad headache.
  • If your child has any bruising or bleeding.
  • If your child has a sudden change in eyesight, eye pain, or irritation.
  • If your child has swelling in his/her legs or belly.
  • If your child is feeling very tired or weak.
  • If your child gets a rash.
  • If your child’s health problem does not get better or if you think your child’s health problem is worse.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

  • Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred eyesight, or a change in thinking clearly. Have your child avoid tasks or actions that call for him/her to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this drug works.
  • Feeling dizzy. Have your child get up slowly over a few minutes when sitting or lying down. Have your child be extra careful climbing stairs.
  • Swelling.
  • Headache.
  • Feeling tired or weak.
  • Anemia.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.
  • The first dose is most often given 24 hours after your child gets chemo and is given until the platelet count reaches the right level.
  • Do not give for at least 2 days before your child’s next chemo.
  • It is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.
  • Your child’s doctor will teach you how to give the shot.
  • Give this drug at the same time of day.
  • When making, do not shake vial.
  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • Throw away needles in a needle/sharp disposal box. When the box is full, follow all local rules for getting rid of it. Talk with a doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

  • Give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
  • Do not give 2 doses or extra doses.

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

  • Store unopened vials in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.
  • Use within 3 hours of making.
  • Throw away any part of opened vial not used after use.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child 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 child’s doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

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.

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