What is Mircera?Mircera stimulates your bone marrow to make more red blood cells. It is the synthetic form of the human protein erythropoietin, which is normally is produced by the kidneys.
What is the most important information I should know about Mircera?An increased number of red blood cells also increases hemoglobin levels. If hemoglobin levels go up too quickly, this may lead to serious problems such as heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and even death.
Mircera also increases your chance of blood clots.
Who should not take Mircera?Do not take Mircera if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure, allergies to Mircera or similar medications, or anemia caused by cancer chemotherapy.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Mircera?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Mircera. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart disease, a history of cancer, have high blood pressure, a history of stroke, blood clots, or seizures, have a blood disorders, or are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or are planning to become pregnant or are breast feeding.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: The initial recommended dose of Mircera is 0.6 micrograms (mcg) per kilogram (kg) of body weight. Mircera is administered once every 2 weeks.
How should I take Mircera?Mircera is usually administered intravenously or subcutaneously (under the skin) in a hospital or doctor's office. The three sites preferred for injection are the outer area of the upper arm, the front of the middle thigh, and the abdomen (except for the 2-inch area around the navel).
If you are using Mircera at home, carefully follow the patient instructions that came with the medication.
What should I avoid while taking Mircera?Do not inject Mircera into an area of your body that is tender, bruised, hard, or that has scars or stretch marks.
Do not use a Mircera vial more than once.
Avoid injecting Mircera into the same site to avoid soreness.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Mircera?There are no significant drug interactions noted for Mircera. However, any other medications.
What are the possible side effects of Mircera?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: heart attack, stroke, heart failure and death, blood clots, seizures, high blood pressure, the formation of antibodies to Mircera (which can block the body from forming more red cells), diarrhea, cold, headache, allergic reactions (signs of severe allergic reactions may include hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the throat. If any of these events occur, seek immediate medical attention), injection-site reactions
Can I receive Mircera if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Mircera should be avoided during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Mircera?Mircera is usually given in a hospital or doctor's office. Be sure to maintain your scheduled appointments for Mircera administration.
How should I store Mircera?Store at 2-8°C (36-46°F). Mircera can be kept at room temperature 25°C (77°F) for up to 7 days.