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):
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
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.