Antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/ albumin-free) (xyntha)

Generic Name: antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (AN-tee-HEE-moe-FIL-ik FAK-tor)
Brand Name: Xyntha

Antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/ albumin-free) (xyntha) is used for:

Preventing and controlling bleeding in patients with hemophilia A (factor VIII deficiency), including in surgical settings.

Antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha) is a clotting factor. It works by increasing the amount of clotting factor VIII in the blood, which helps the blood to clot normally.

Do NOT use antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/ albumin-free) (xyntha) if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if this applies to you.

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Before using antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/ albumin-free) (xyntha):

Some medical conditions may interact with antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha). Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances, including polysorbate 80 and hamster proteins
  • if you have von Willebrand disease

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha). However, no specific interactions with antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha) are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha) may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/ albumin-free) (xyntha):

Use antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha) as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha). Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha) may be given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha) at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha). Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • Do not use antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha) if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
  • Use antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha) within 3 hours after it has been mixed, or after the gray rubber tip cap has been removed from the prefilled dual-chamber syringe. The medicine may be kept at room temperature during this time. Throw antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha) away if it has not been used within 3 hours.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha), contact your doctor right away.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha).

Important safety information:

  • Tell your doctor right away if bleeding is not controlled after using antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha).
  • Patients receiving clotting factors sometimes develop antibodies or inhibitors to the medicine. This makes it less effective. If antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha) stops working or does not work as well as it has before, contact your doctor right away for instructions.
  • Talk with your doctor before you travel while you are using antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha). Be sure to take along enough of antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha) for your treatment while you are traveling.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha) before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Irritation at the injection site may occur after using the prefilled dual-chamber syringe. Check with your doctor if you have irritation that persists or is severe.
  • Lab tests, including factor VIII levels, may be performed while you use antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha). These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha) while you are pregnant. It is not known if antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha) is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha), check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/ albumin-free) (xyntha):

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Diarrhea; headache; mild fever; nausea; vomiting; weakness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blue lips, gums, or nail beds; fainting; fast heartbeat; severe or persistent dizziness; wheezing.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha):

Store antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha) in the refrigerator, between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). It may also be stored at room temperature, below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C), for up to 3 months. After 3 months at room temperature, use antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha) immediately or throw it away. Do not put it back in the refrigerator.

If you also have a separate diluent syringe, store it in the refrigerator or at room temperature, below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C).

Store antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha) away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha) out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha), please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha) is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha) or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha). It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha). This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (plasma/albumin-free) (xyntha).

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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