- Very bad and sometimes deadly liver problems have happened with this drug. Call your child’s doctor right away if your child has 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.
- This drug may raise the risk of liver failure when taken with interferon and ribavirin in patients with hepatitis C.
- It is used to raise platelet counts.
- It is used to treat immune thrombocytopenia (ITP).
- It may be given to your child for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
- If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
- If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
If your child is breast-feeding a baby:
- Talk with the doctor if your child is breast-feeding a baby or plans to breast-feed a baby.
- Tell all of your child’s health care providers that your child is taking this drug. This includes your child’s doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- Do not stop giving this drug to your child without calling the doctor. Your child may have a greater risk of very low platelets and bleeding. If your child needs to stop this drug, talk with the doctor.
- This drug may make cataracts worse or may raise the chance of new cataracts. Talk with the doctor.
- Get your child an eye exam as you have been told by the doctor.
- If your child is of East Asian descent, talk with the doctor.
- 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 your child from getting hurt and have your child avoid falls or crashes.
- This drug is not approved for use in people with a certain bone marrow problem called myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). If your child has MDS and takes this drug, MDS may get worse and turn into a type of blood cancer called acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). If MDS turns into AML, your child could die sooner from AML. If your child has MDS, talk with your child’s doctor.
If your child is pregnant:
- Tell the doctor if your child is pregnant or becomes pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of your child using this drug while pregnant.
- 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, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of a urinary tract infection (UTI) like blood in the urine, burning or pain when passing urine, feeling the need to pass urine often or right away, fever, lower stomach pain, or pelvic pain.
- Feeling very tired or weak.
- Very bad belly pain.
- Weakness on 1 side of the body, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, drooping on one side of the face, or blurred eyesight.
- 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.
- Feeling confused.
- Swelling of belly.
- Swelling in the arms or legs.
- Fever or chills.
- Call the doctor right away if your child has signs of a blood clot like chest pain or pressure; coughing up blood; shortness of breath; swelling, warmth, numbness, change of color, or pain in a leg or arm; or trouble speaking or swallowing.
- Not able to sleep.
- Not hungry.
- Flu-like signs.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Muscle or joint pain.
- Runny nose.
- Stuffy nose.
- Back pain.
- Hair loss.
- Muscle spasm.
- Nose or throat irritation.
- Belly pain.
- Tooth pain.
- Give on an empty stomach. Give 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.
- Give this drug at least 2 hours before or 4 hours after any antacids; dairy products or other foods with calcium in them; or products that have calcium, iron, aluminum, magnesium, selenium, or zinc.
- Have your child swallow whole. Do not let your child chew, break, or crush.
Powder for suspension:
- Before using, be sure you know how to mix and measure the dose of this drug. Talk with the doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
- Mix powder with water only as you have been told.
- Do not use hot water to mix this drug.
- Give your child the dose within 30 minutes after mixing. Throw away any part not used within 30 minutes of mixing.
- Skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
- Do not give 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- Store in the original container. Do not take out the antimoisture cube or packet.
- 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, nurse, 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.