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Drug Info for promacta

Eltrombopag is used to increase the number of platelets (cells that help the blood clot) to decrease the risk of bleeding in adults and children 1 year of age and older who have chronic immune thrombocytopenia (ITP; an ongoing condition that may cause unusual bruising or bleeding due to an abnormally low number of platelets in the blood) and who have not been helped or cannot be treated with other treatments, including medications or surgery to remove the spleen. Eltrombopag is also used to increase the number of platelets in people who have hepatitis C (a viral infection that may damage the liver) so that they can begin and continue treatment with interferon (Peginterferon, Pegintron, others) and ribavirin (Rebetol). Eltrombopag is also used in combination with other medications to treat aplastic anemia (condition in which the body does not make enough new blood cells) in adults and children 2 years of age and older. It is also used to treat aplastic anemia in adults who have not been helped with other medications. Eltrombopag is used to increase the number of platelets enough to decrease the risk of bleeding in people with ITP or aplastic anemia, or to allow treatment with interferon and ribavirin in people with hepatitis C. However it is not used to increase the number of platelets to a normal level. Eltrombopag should not be used to treat people who have low numbers of platelets due to conditions other than ITP, hepatitis C, or aplastic anemia. Eltrombopag is in a class of medications called thrombopoietin receptor agonists. It works by causing the cells in the bone marrow to produce more platelets.

Promacta is used to treat people with low blood platelet counts associated with chronic immune thrombocytopenia (ITP). It is used after other medications or surgery have not been effective. It may also be used to treat chronic hepatitis C and severe aplastic anemia. Promacta is a synthetic protein that increases production of blood-clotting cells in the body. It lowers the risk of bleeding by causing the body to produce more platelets in your blood. Promacta is indicated for use by adults and children who are at least 1 year old.

Take your medicine as directed. Your dose may need to be changed several times to find what works best for you.

Take this medicine without a meal or with a meal low in calcium.

Tablet: Swallow whole. Do not crush, break, chew, or mix it with food or liquids.

Oral liquid: Mix the powder with cold water only. Take the medicine within 30 minutes after mixing it. If it comes in contact with your skin, wash it right away with soap and water. Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup.

This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.

Missed dose: If you missed a dose of this medicine, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take more than 1 dose in a day.

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Throw away any unused oral liquid within 30 minutes of mixing it.

This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to eltrombopag, or if you are pregnant.

It is not safe to take this medicine during pregnancy. It could harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Use an effective form of birth control during treatment with this medicine and for at least 7 days after the last dose.

Do not breastfeed during treatment with this medicine.

Tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, liver disease (including cirrhosis), bleeding problems, or a history of blood clots or cataracts. Tell your doctor if you had surgery to remove your spleen.

This medicine may cause the following problems:Increased risk for liver problemsIncreased risk of blood clotsNew or worsening cataracts

Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.

Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Some foods and medicines can affect how eltrombopag works. Tell your doctor if you are using any of the following:Bosentan, glyburide, imatinib, irinotecan, lapatinib, methotrexate, mitoxantrone, olmesartan, repaglinide, rifampin, sulfasalazine, topotecan, valsartanBlood thinner (including warfarin)Statin medicine to lower cholesterol (including atorvastatin, ezetimibe, fluvastatin, pitavastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin, simvastatin)

Antacids, multivitamins that contain aluminum, calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium, or zinc, or other products high in calcium (including dairy products, juices, and certain fruits and vegetables) must be taken at least 4 hours before or 2 hours after you take eltrombopag.

Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.

Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

  • Dark urine, pale stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach pain, yellow skin or eyes
  • Pain in your lower leg (calf)
  • Numbness or weakness on one side of your body, sudden or severe headache, problems with vision, speech, or walking
  • Eye pain, vision changes, seeing halos around lights
  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Chest pain, trouble breathing, coughing up blood
  • Cough, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat
  • Headache, toothache
  • Diarrhea, decreased appetite
Frequently Asked Questions

The average Promacta cost without insurance is about $8,434 for a supply of 30, 50 mg tablets. The retail cost could be reduced by using our free OptionRx coupon card which allows you to have up to 80% discount on Promacta at participating local pharmacies.

Enter your zip code on the Promacta page on our site to see which of your local pharmacies accept our Promacta free discount card. Then bring your Promacta discount to your local pharmacy to receive up to 80% discount off of the retail cost of your medication.

Eltrombopag is the generic name for Promacta. A generic version of this drug is not yet available on the market; however, you can use our free Promacta discount card and reduce the retail cost by up to 80% off when you purchase Promacta at a participating local pharmacy.

You can use the Promacta Universal Co-Pay Card, offered by the manufacturer of Promacta for savings on your prescription cost. Novartis Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc., HealthWell Foundation Copay Program, Patient Access Network Foundation (PAN), and PANO (Novartis Patient Assistance Now Oncology) assist underinsured and uninsured patients with access to medications such as Promacta for free or at a saving. You can also use our free coupon. Our customers typically find that they save more by using our OptionRx savings card.