Generic Name: Ecallantide (e KAL lan tide)
Brand Name: Kalbitor
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Aug 21, 2020.
- Unsafe and sometimes deadly allergic effects may happen with Kalbitor (ecallantide). These effects may be close to what you are being treated for. You will be closely watched by your doctor. Tell your doctor about any signs of allergic reaction. Do not get Kalbitor (ecallantide) again if you have had an allergic reaction.
Uses of Kalbitor:
- It is used to treat swelling attacks in people with hereditary angioedema (HAE).
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Kalbitor?
- If you have an allergy to ecallantide or any other part of Kalbitor (ecallantide).
- If you are allergic to Kalbitor (ecallantide); any part of Kalbitor (ecallantide); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Kalbitor (ecallantide) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Kalbitor?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Kalbitor (ecallantide). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby.
How is this medicine (Kalbitor) best taken?
Use Kalbitor (ecallantide) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- It is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- This medicine will be given on an as needed basis in a healthcare setting.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Shortness of breath.
- Dizziness or passing out.
- A fast heartbeat.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Feeling nervous and excitable.
- Runny nose.
- Stuffy nose.
What are some other side effects of Kalbitor?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Stomach pain or diarrhea.
- Signs of a common cold.
- Nose or throat irritation.
- Irritation where the shot is given.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Kalbitor?
- If you need to store Kalbitor (ecallantide) at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- This medicine comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time Kalbitor (ecallantide) is refilled. If you have any questions about Kalbitor (ecallantide), please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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