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RiaSTAP

Generic Name: fibrinogen (fye BRIN oh gen)
Brand Names: RiaSTAP

What is RiaSTAP?

RiaSTAP is a man-made form of a protein that occurs naturally in the body and helps the blood clot.

RiaSTAP is used to treat bleeding episodes in people who have a congenital fibrinogen deficiency.

RiaSTAP may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important information

You should not use RiaSTAP if you have ever had an allergic reaction to fibrinogen, or if you have ever had any life-threatening allergic reaction.

If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication. Before using RiaSTAP, tell your doctor if you have a history of stroke or blood clot.

Do not self-inject RiaSTAP if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of needles, IV tubing, and other items used in giving the medicine. RiaSTAP comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

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If you are using the RiaSTAP injections at home, be sure you understand how to properly mix and store the medication. Do not mix the medicine until you are ready to give the injection.

Stop your IV infusion and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; wheezing or difficult breathing; feeling like you might pass out; or swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Other serious side effects may include sudden numbness or weakness, chest pain, confusion, pain or swelling in your one or both legs, and problems with vision, speech, or balance.

RiaSTAP is made from human plasma (part of the blood) and may contain viruses and other infectious agents that can cause disease. Although donated human plasma is screened, tested, and treated to reduce the risk of it containing anything that could cause disease, there is still a small possibility it could transmit disease. Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using this medication.

Before using RiaSTAP

You should not use RiaSTAP if you have ever had an allergic reaction to fibrinogen, or if you have ever had any other life-threatening allergic reaction.

If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication. Before using RiaSTAP, tell your doctor if you have a history of stroke or blood clot.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether RiaSTAP is harmful to an unborn baby. Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether fibrinogen passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

See also: Pregnancy and breastfeeding warnings (in more detail)

RiaSTAP is made from human plasma (part of the blood) and may contain viruses and other infectious agents that can cause disease. Although donated human plasma is screened, tested, and treated to reduce the risk of it containing anything that could cause disease, there is still a small possibility it could transmit disease. Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using this medication.

How should I use RiaSTAP?

RiaSTAP is given as an injection through a needle placed into a vein. Your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider will give you this injection. You may be shown how to use your medicine at home. Do not self-inject RiaSTAP if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of needles, IV tubing, and other items used in giving the medicine.

You will need to mix RiaSTAP with a liquid (diluent) before using it. If you are using the injections at home, be sure you understand how to properly mix and store the medication. Do not mix RiaSTAP with any other medicines, or give other medicines through the same IV line.

RiaSTAP contains no preservative. Once you have pierced the rubber top of a vial with a needle, you must use that vial right away or throw it away. Do not shake the medication vial (bottle). Vigorous shaking can ruin the medicine. Do not draw your RiaSTAP dose into a syringe until you are ready to give yourself an injection. Do not use the medication if it has changed colors or has any particles in it. After mixing RiaSTAP with a diluent, use it right away or store the mixture at room temperature and use it within 24 hours. The mixed medicine should be clear or slightly colored. Do not use the mixed medication if it has changed colors, is cloudy, or has any particles in it.

Each single-use vial (bottle) of this medicine is for one use only. Throw away the vial after one use, even if there is still some medicine left in it after injecting your dose.

To be sure RiaSTAP is helping your condition, your blood may need to be tested often. This will help your doctor determine how long to treat you with RiaSTAP. Do not miss any follow-up visits to your doctor.

Use each disposable needle only one time. Throw away used needles in a puncture-proof container (ask your pharmacist where you can get one and how to dispose of it). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.

Store the unmixed dry powder in a refrigerator or in a dark cool place. Keep the medicine protected from light and do not allow it to freeze. Throw away any unused vial after the expiration date on the label has passed.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

Symptoms of a RiaSTAP overdose are not known.

What should I avoid?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while you are using RiaSTAP.

RiaSTAP side effects

Stop your IV infusion and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; wheezing or difficult breathing; feeling like you might pass out; or swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have any other serious side effect, such as:

  • sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;

  • sudden headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance;

  • sudden cough, rapid breathing, fast heart rate;

  • chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling; or

  • pain or swelling in one or both legs.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • fever

  • chills;

  • nausea; or

  • vomiting.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect RiaSTAP?

There may be other drugs that can interact with RiaSTAP. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about RiaSTAP.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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