Read the Medication Guide and Instructions for Use provided by your pharmacist. Carry the Patient Safety Card with you at all times during treatment and for 2 months after your last dose of pegcetacoplan. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you are using this medication at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. Take the vial out of the refrigerator and let it warm to room temperature for about 30 minutes before injecting. Do not warm up this medication in any other way such as heating in the microwave or placing in hot water. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.
This medication is given by slow injection under the skin as directed by your doctor, usually twice a week using an infusion pump. The injection is given under the skin of your abdomen, thighs, hips, or upper arms. Do not infuse where the skin is tender, bruised, red, or hard. Avoid injecting into tattoos, scars, or stretch marks. Use a different site(s) from the last time you infused this medication. If more than one site is needed for your dose, make sure they are at least 3 inches apart. The dosage is based on your medical condition, lab tests, and response to treatment.
Reactions may happen with your injection. Tell your health care professional right away if you have symptoms such as chest discomfort/pain, shortness of breath, feeling faint, or injection site itching, warmth, redness, swelling, rash, or pain.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, mark your calendar to keep track of when to use the next dose. If you are changing to this medication treatment from another drug, carefully follow your doctor's directions for when to start or stop this and your other medication(s). Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor. Your condition may become worse when the drug is stopped. If you do stop using this medication, your doctor will monitor you for at least 8 weeks to make sure your condition does not get worse. Consult your doctor for more details.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not get better or if it gets worse.