Aranesp should be stored under refrigeration. Do not freeze it, and do not use any Aranesp that has been frozen. When transporting it, be sure to use an insulated container and a coolant (such as a blue ice pack). Make sure the drug does not directly touch the coolant, in order to prevent it from freezing. Also, be sure to keep Aranesp away from light until you are just ready to use it. Light can destroy the delicate Aranesp molecules. Because the medication contains no preservatives, you should not save any of the solution left over from an injection.
Keep Aranesp and all medications out of the reach of children.
If you do not take your Aranesp as scheduled, contact your healthcare provider. Depending on how much time has passed (as well as other factors, such as your latest blood tests), your healthcare provider will give you further instructions.
Aranesp comes in single-dose vials and single-dose SureClick™ autoinjectors. Both forms are available in the following strengths:
- Aranesp 25 mcg
- Aranesp 40 mcg
- Aranesp 60 mcg
- Aranesp 100 mcg
- Aranesp 150 mcg
- Aranesp 200 mcg
- Aranesp 300 mcg
- Aranesp 500 mcg.
If your dose is not exactly one of the strengths listed above, you must use the single-use vials, since the dose of the autoinjectors cannot be adjusted. Each Aranesp product is available in two forms which differ in their inactive ingredients (one has albumin, while the other has polysorbate).
Currently, there is no generic version licensed for sale (see Generic Aranesp).