Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated pediatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of methoxy polyethylene glycol-epoetin beta injection in children 5 to 17 years of age when it is given through a needle placed into one of your child's veins. Safety and efficacy have not been established in children younger than 5 years of age or when it is given as a shot under the skin in children.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of methoxy polyethylene glycol-epoetin beta injection in the elderly. However, elderly patients are more likely to have kidney, liver, or heart problems, which may require caution or an adjustment in the dose in patients receiving this medicine.
There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Other Medical Problems
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Bleeding problems or
Inflammatory or metabolic conditions, chronic or
Vitamin deficiency—Should be corrected first before using this medicine.
Blood clots, history of or
Congestive heart failure or
Heart attack, history of or
Heart bypass surgery or
Heart or blood vessel disease or
Stroke, history of—The chance of side effects may be increased.
Hypertension (high blood pressure), controlled or
Seizures, history of—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
Hypertension (high blood pressure), uncontrolled or
Pure red cell aplasia (PRCA, bone marrow disease)—Should not be used in patients with these conditions.