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Luspatercept injection

What is this medicine?

LUSPATERCEPT (lus PAT er sept) helps your body make more red blood cells. This medicine is used to treat anemia caused by beta thalassemia.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection under the skin. It is given by a healthcare professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician about the use of the medicine in children. This medicine is not approved for use in children.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives; swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • signs and symptoms of a blood clot such as chest pain; shortness of breath; pain, swelling, or warmth in the leg

  • signs and symptoms of a stroke like changes in vision; confusion; trouble speaking or understanding; severe headaches; sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg; trouble walking; dizziness; loss of balance or coordination

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • cough

  • diarrhea

  • dizziness

  • headache

  • joint pain

  • stomach pain

  • tiredness

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected.

What if I miss a dose?

Keep appointments for follow-up doses. It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or healthcare professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This medicine is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • history of blood clots

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to luspatercept, other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.

Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine or for 3 months after stopping it. Women should inform their healthcare professional if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects and harm to an unborn child. Talk to your healthcare professional for more information. Do not breast-feed an infant while taking this medicine.

You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.


NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. Copyright© 2020 Elsevier