This medication is a thrombopoietin (TPO) receptor agonist, prescribed for immune (idiopathic) thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). It helps the bone marrow to produce more platelets.
Contraindicated in patients with low blood platelets caused by chemotherapy, and hypersensitivity.
PO- Initiate at a dose of 50 mg once daily.
For patients of East Asian ancestry- initiate at a reduced dose of 25 mg once daily.
It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, on an empty stomach.
• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of blood clots, who are taking blood thinner medications, any allergy, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
• Patient may develop with increased risk of blood clot events; if it is so consult with your doctor immediately.
• Monitor liver function, complete blood cell counts, peripheral blood smears, and eye exams regularly while taking this medication.
• Most Common : Nausea, diarrhea, upper respiratory tract infection, vomiting, increased level of liver enzyme, muscle pain, urinary tract infection, throat pain, back pain, tingling and rash.
Avoid excess dosage.
Store it at room temperature (25°C).
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