What does Eltrombopag treat?
Eltrombopag is a medication prescribed to treat a low blood platelet count due to chronic immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) or chronic hepatitis C virus infection. Patients with this disorder may experience bleeding due to the abnormally low blood platelet count. This is a thrombopoietin receptor agonist that acts by helping increase the blood platelet count. Your physician may use this to treat other ailments based on their discretion.
Follow the Eltrombopag dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label. This tablet must be taken on an empty stomach. Take it at least 1 hour before a meal or 2 hours after a meal. Make sure you also allow at least 4 hours before or 4 hours after taking dairy products (calcium-rich foods), antacids and mineral supplements containing zinc, selenium, calcium, iron, aluminum and magnesium. Do let your doctor know if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding.
Missed a dose?
Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so.
Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention.
Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Eltrombopag is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase or interfere with the effect of Eltrombopag.
It may interact with:
This may also interact with cholesterol-lowering medicines, calcium supplements, diabetes medications, heart rhythm medications, birth control pills, anticoagulants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, antibiotics, stomach acid reducers, antacids containing magnesium, calcium or aluminum and more. This is not an exhaustive list though.
Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.
Possible Side Effects
Eltrombopag might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.
Some of the side effects could include nausea, tingling sensation in feet or hands, vomiting, diarrhea, flu, upper abdominal pain, back pain, muscle pain, common cold, cough, abnormal liver function tests, cataracts and rash. This is not the complete list though.
In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.
What to ask your doctor before you start on Eltrombopag
- Can I take Eltrombopag along with other drugs?
- Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Eltrombopag?
- What is the dosage of Eltrombopag to be consumed?
- How should I use Eltrombopag?
- How will Eltrombopag work on my body?
- How can the drug interactions and side effects of Eltrombopag be minimized or completely avoided?
The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Eltrombopag is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.