This medication is used to treat the symptoms that occur with certain blood disorders (porphyrias). Other treatments are recommended for trial before using hemin, also called hematin.
Hemin is not a cure for porphyria. In some cases, this medication may relieve symptoms such as pain, high blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, or mental changes that may occur during an acute attack of porphyria. If you have any questions about the use of this medication, consult your doctor.
This medication should only be given in a hospital or clinic setting where you can be monitored closely. It is given by injection into a vein as directed by your doctor, usually once daily.
The dosage is based on your weight, medical conditions, and response to therapy.
Discoloration of the skin or pain, tenderness, or swelling along your veins may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: easy bruising or bleeding.
A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.
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Before using hemin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.
Though unlikely, it is possible for this medication to contain substances that could cause infections because it is made from human plasma. Notify your doctor right away if you develop early signs of an infection such as a persistent sore throat or fever, yellowing eyes or skin, or dark urine.
This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: barbiturates (e.g., pentobarbital, phenobarbital), "blood thinners" (anticoagulants such as heparin, warfarin), corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone), estrogens.
Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.
If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine).
Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., blood tests, urine tests) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.
This drug will not fix nerve damage that can occur with untreated acute porphyria attacks. If given early enough, though, it can decrease the amount of permanent nerve damage.
If you miss a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist right away to establish a new dosing schedule.
Not applicable. This medication is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
Information last revised October 2015. Copyright(c) 2015 First Databank, Inc.
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