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ARANESP Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Warnings & Dosing

What is ARANESP?

What is ARANESP?

ARANESP is the brand name for darbepoetin alfa and is available as a subcutaneous of IV injection.

What dosages is ARANESP available in?

What dosages is ARANESP available in?

ARANESP is available in:

  • 25 mcg, 40 mcg, 60 mcg, 100 mcg, 200 mcg and 300 mcg single-dose vials
  • 10 mcg/0.4 mL, 25 mcg/0.42 mL, 40 mcg/0.4 mL, 60 mcg/0.3 mL, 100 mcg/0.5 mL, 150 mcg/0.3 mL, 200 mcg/0.4 mL, 300 mcg/0.6 mL, and 500 mcg/1 mL single-dose prefilled syringes.
What is ARANESP used for?

What is ARANESP used for?

ARANESP is an erythropoiesis-stimulating agent (ESA) that is used to treat:

  • Anemia due to chemotherapy
  • Anemia due to chronic kidney disease (dialysis and non-dialysis)
How does ARANESP work?

How does ARANESP work?

ARANESP is an erythropoiesis-stimulating agent (ESA). It works similarly to a naturally-occurring hormone in our body (erythropoietin). Erythropoietin sends a signal to our body to make more red blood cells.

How do I take ARANESP?

How do I take ARANESP?

Your provider will determine your dose based on factors such as your body weight, age, and hemoglobin level.

Anemia due to chemotherapy

  • The typical starting dose is 2.25 mcg/kg injected under the skin every week, or 500 mcg every 3 weeks until chemotherapy is finished

Anemia due to CKD

  • Adults (not receiving dialysis): The typical recommended starting dose is 0.45 mcg/kg body weight injected under the skin or through the veins once every 4 weeks
  • Adults (receiving dialysis): The typical recommended starting dose is 0.45 mcg/kg body weight injected under the skin or through the veins once a week, or 0.75 mcg/kg injected once every 2 weeks
  • Children: The typical recommended starting dose is 0.45 mcg/kg body weight injected under the skin or through the veins once a week. If not receiving dialysis, the usual starting dose is 0.75 mcg/kg injected once every 2 weeks
Is it safe for me to take ARANESP?

Is it safe for me to take ARANESP?

ARANESP is a safe and effective treatment when used for FDA licensed indications. However, like all medications, they may give you unwanted side effects. You should always discuss potential side effects with your physician to ensure the medication is suitable and right for you. You should not use this medication in the following:
Uncontrolled hypertension.
Pure red cell aplasia (PRCA) that begins after treatment with ARANESP or other erythropoietin protein drugs.
Serious allergic reactions to ARANESP.

ARANESP Common Side Effects

ARANESP Common Side Effects

Common side effects of ARANESP:

  • High blood pressure
  • Trouble breathing
  • Swelling in the hands and legs
  • Cough
ARANESP Serious Side Effects

ARANESP Serious Side Effects

Serious side effects are rare with ARANESP. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any of the following.

  • Seizures
  • Heart attack: chest pain, stomach discomfort, sweating, nausea, dizziness
  • Stroke: sudden numbness or weakness in the arm, leg, or face, confusion, trouble seeing, headache, difficulty walking
  • Dangerously high blood pressure: nausea, vomiting, confusion, dizziness, blurry vision, anxiety
  • Heart failure: tiredness, weakness, trouble breathing, swelling in the ankles and feet, chest pain
  • Serious allergic reaction: swelling of the face or tongue, throat tightening, trouble breathing, welts, skin rash
  • Serious skin reactions: fever, sore throat, tiredness, trouble swallowing, cough, body aches, rash, peeling or blistering skin
Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on ARANESP

Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on ARANESP

There are no major drug interactions listed for ARANESP. However, always let your physician and pharmacist know about any other medications or supplements (including prescribed and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and dietary or herbal supplements) that you are currently taking.

Who makes ARANESP?

Who makes ARANESP?

Amgen Inc.

Is ARANESP safe in pregnancy?

Is ARANESP safe in pregnancy?

It is not known if ARANESP may harm your unborn baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about possible pregnancy and birth control choices that are right for you.


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