How it should be taken
It comes as a capsule to take by mouth, with or without food.
Dosage & When it is to be taken
Adult- The recommended starting dose is 0.5 mg qid or 1 mg bid (2 capsules of 0.5 mg twice a day) and can be increased to 4 times daily.
When it is not to be taken (Contraindications)
Contraindicated in patients with severe liver disease, and hypersensitivity.
Why it is prescribed (Indications)
This medication is a platelet-reducing agent prescribed for thrombocythemia. This medication works by slowing the production of platelets in the body.
Category C :
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Warnings and Precautions
Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart, lung, liver, or kidney problems, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause drowsiness or dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication and get up slowly from bed.
Avoid exposure to sunlight.
It may reduce platelet counts; avoid injury or bruising.
Monitor liver function, kidney function, blood pressure, and complete blood cell counts regularly while taking this medication.
Store it at room temperature (25°C), and in an airtight container away from light and moisture.