Eltrombopag

Eltrombopag is used for low platelet count due to ITP or HCV infection.

How Eltrombopag works
Eltrombopag is a thrombopoietin agonist. It works by stimulating the formation of new platelets in the blood. Platelets help to reduce or prevent bleeding.
Common side effects of Eltrombopag
Nausea, Diarrhea, Upper respiratory tract infection, Vomiting, Increased liver enzymes, Muscle pain, Urinary tract infection
How should I take Eltrombopag ?
You should take Eltrombopag exactly as directed by your doctor. It should be started by doctors who have experience in administering cancer medicines. Take it once a day with or without food. Do not drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit during your treatment with Eltrombopag , as the chances of side effects may be more.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
If you miss a dose of Eltrombopag by less than 12 hours, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it and then take the next dose at the scheduled time. However, if you miss a dose by more than 12 hours, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call the poison control helpline. If the victim has collapsed, had a seizure, has trouble breathing, or can't be awakened, immediately call a doctor.

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    Eltrombopag is used to treat low blood platelet counts in individuals with persistent immunological (idiopathic) thrombocytopenia (ITP) when other medications or spleen removal surgery have failed. Because of an abnormally low quantity of platelets in the blood, ITP can cause unusual bruising or bleeding. Eltrombopag was also licenced in late 2012 for the treatment of thrombocytopenia (low blood platelet counts) in chronic hepatitis C patients, allowing them to begin and sustain interferon-based therapy.
    Eltrombopag is a type of medication known as a thrombopoietin (TPO) receptor agonist. A drug class is a group of pharmaceuticals that all operate in the same way. These medicines are frequently used to treat illnesses that are similar to each other.

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    The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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