What is Riastap?Riastap is a medicine used intravenously (through a vein in your arm) to treat sudden bleeding in patients with congenital (condition existing at birth) bleeding disorders (such as congenital fibrinogen deficiency).
What is the most important information I should know about Riastap?Riastap can cause blood clots. Your doctor will monitor you for blood clots while you are receiving Riastap. In addition, contact your doctor immediately if you experience lung, chest, or leg pain, coughing up blood, difficulty breathing, rapid breathing, or other unexplained symptoms.
Riastap is made from human plasma (part of the blood) and may contain infectious agents (such as viruses) that can cause disease. The risk of infection, however, has been reduced by screening plasma donors, by testing the donated plasma for certain infections, and by a process to inactivate and/or remove certain viruses during manufacturing. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience headache, fever, nausea, vomiting, weakness, feeling tired, diarrhea, or yellowing of your skin or whites of your eyes.
Riastap can cause allergic reactions, which can include hives, chest tightness, wheezing, low blood pressure, and difficulty breathing. If any of these occur, contact your doctor immediately.
Who should not take Riastap?Your doctor will not administer Riastap if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Riastap?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Riastap. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have any blood clotting disorders.
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 and children: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you or your child intravenously, based on your body weight, condition, and laboratory values.
How should I take Riastap?Your doctor will administer Riastap to you and will monitor you for blood clotting.
What should I avoid while taking Riastap?Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Riastap?No significant interactions have been reported with Riastap at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
What are the possible side effects of Riastap?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: allergic reactions, blood clotting, chills, fever, headache, nausea, vomiting
Can I receive Riastap if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Riastap during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Riastap?Riastap should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.
How should I store Riastap?Your doctor will store this medication for you.