The dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- The cause of your anemia (chemotherapy or kidney failure)
- How you respond to Aranesp (as measured by blood tests)
- Your weight
- Other medications you may be taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Aranesp Dosage for more information.)
As with any medicine, side effects are possible. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of Aranesp include, but are not limited to:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Muscle pain.
(Click Aranesp Side Effects to learn about specific side effects of this drug, including some of the more serious side effects that you should report to your healthcare provider.)
Aranesp is unlikely to interact with other medications (see Aranesp Drug Interactions).