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    Brand Name:Aranesp
    Generic:Darbepoetin Alfa
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
2001-09-17 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Amgen, Inc.
This drug is available in the following forms:
Intravenous Injections
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:

About Aranesp

Aranesp is used for:

Treating anemia in patients with chronic kidney failure or certain types of cancers. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Aranesp is similar to the natural protein human erythropoietin. It works by stimulating the bone marrow to produce more red blood cells. An increased number of red blood cells may reduce symptoms of anemia.

Side Effects of Aranesp

Possible side effects of Aranesp :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

  • Constipation;
  • cough;
  • diarrhea;
  • dizziness;
  • headache;
  • muscle, joint, back, or stomach pain;
  • nausea or vomiting;
  • pain, swelling, irritation, redness, or bruising at the injection site;
  • unusual tiredness or weakness.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
  • Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue);
  • blurred vision or vision changes;
  • chest pain;
  • confusion;
  • fast or irregular heartbeat;
  • fainting;
  • flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, sore throat);
  • one-sided weakness;
  • redness, tenderness, or swelling of the calf;
  • seizures;
  • severe headache, dizziness, vomiting, stomach pain, or diarrhea;
  • severe or persistent tiredness or weakness;
  • slurred speech;
  • sudden pain or numbness of an arm or leg;
  • sudden shortness of breath;
  • swelling of the arms or legs.

Who Should Not Take Aranesp

Do NOT use Aranesp if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Aranesp or similar medicines (eg, erythropoietin)
  • you are allergic to products made from mammalian cells
  • you have uncontrolled or severe high blood pressure, or you have certain red blood cell problems (eg, certain types of aplasia)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Interactions with Aranesp

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Aranesp . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines.

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Recent Forum Posts on Aranesp

Aranesp Dosage

What is the recommended dosage for a 100kg male patient that is 75yrs old?

Leg pain & swelling

My shot of Aranesp gives me pain in my left hip and leg and causes my
body to retain water. So when I do the shot, every two weeks, I have to take extra Bumex for the water retention and pain medicine for the leg pain which is most bothersome when I lay down. It also causes my breathing problems to become more pronounced. The other problems from
the shot are diarrhea, chest tightness (probably due to the water retention) and a spike in blood pressure. These problems last a few days after the shot and I cope with them, except for the leg/hip pain. That
is really painful. I take the shots for kidney problems which I hope
will become nil when I have a kidney transplant. Until then the alternative is to continue my affair with Aranesp otherwise my hemoglobin drops and then I am really sluggish and worn out. Not a good thing. I
do find that I tolerate Aranesp a lot better then the shots of Procrit that I started doing last year.

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