Helixate FS (recombinant)
Generic Name: antihemophilic factor (recombinant) (ant ee hee moe FIL ik FAK tor (ree KOM bin ant))
Brand Name: Advate, Adynovate, Eloctate with Fc Fusion Protein, Helixate FS, Kogenate FS, Novoeight, Nuwiq, Recombinate, Xyntha
What is recombinant Helixate FS (antihemophilic factor recombinant)?
Antihemophilic factor is a naturally occurring protein in the blood that helps blood to clot. A lack of antihemophilic factor VIII is the cause of hemophilia A.
Recombinant antihemophilic factor works by temporarily raising levels of factor VIII in the blood to aid in clotting.
Recombinant antihemophilic factor is used to treat or prevent bleeding episodes in adults and children with hemophilia A. It is also used to control bleeding related to surgery or dentistry in a person with hemophilia, and to prevent joint damage in people age 16 or older with severe hemophilia A and no prior joint damage.
Recombinant antihemophilic factor is not for use in people with von Willebrand disease.
Recombinant antihemophilic factor may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What is the most important information I should know about recombinant Helixate FS (antihemophilic factor recombinant)?
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
What should I discuss with my health care provider before using recombinant Helixate FS (antihemophilic factor recombinant)?
You should not use this medicine if you have ever had a severe allergic reaction to antihemophilic factor, or if you are allergic to mouse, hamster, or beef proteins.
Before using recombinant antihemophilic factor, your specific blood clotting disorder must be diagnosed as factor VIII deficiency. Recombinant antihemophilic factor will not treat von Willebrand disease.
It is not known whether recombinant antihemophilic factor will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine.
It is not known whether recombinant antihemophilic factor passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use recombinant Helixate FS (antihemophilic factor recombinant)?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Always check the strength of the medicine on the label to be sure you are using the correct potency.
Recombinant antihemophilic factor is injected into a vein through an IV. You may be shown how to use an IV at home. Do not give yourself this medicine if you do not understand how to use the injection and properly dispose of needles, IV tubing, and other items used.
Recombinant antihemophilic factor is usually given every 8 to 24 hours for 1 to 4 days, depending on the reason you are using the medicine.
Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Always wash your hands before preparing and giving your injection.
Recombinant antihemophilic factor must be mixed with a liquid (diluent) before injecting it. If you are using the injections at home, be sure you understand how to properly mix and store the medicine.
After mixing the medicine and diluent, keep the mixture at room temperature and use it within 3 hours. Do not put mixed medicine into a refrigerator.
Prepare your dose in a syringe only when you are ready to give yourself an injection. Each vial is for one use only. After measuring your dose, throw the vial away, even if there is medicine left in it.
Do not use recombinant antihemophilic factor if it has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your pharmacist for new medication.
Use a disposable needle and syringe only once. Follow any state or local laws about throwing away used needles and syringes. Use a puncture-proof "sharps" disposal container (ask your pharmacist where to get one and how to throw it away). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.
While using recombinant antihemophilic factor, you may need frequent blood tests.
Your body may develop antibodies to antihemophilic factor, making it less effective. Call your doctor if this medicine seems to be less effective in controlling your bleeding.
Store the medicine and the diluent in their original container in the refrigerator. Do not allow them to freeze. Take the medicine out of the refrigerator and allow it to reach room temperature before injecting your dose.
You may also store the medication and diluent at room temperature until the expiration date on the label. Some brands of this medicine can be stored at room temperature for only a certain number of months, or until the expiration date (whichever comes first). Follow the storage directions on the medicine label.
If you store this medicine at room temperature, do not return it to the refrigerator.
Do not store this medicine in bright light. Throw away any leftover medicine and diluent if the expiration date has passed.
Wear a medical alert tag or carry an ID card stating that you have hemophilia. Any doctor, dentist, or emergency medical care provider who treats you should know that you have a bleeding or blood-clotting disorder.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since recombinant antihemophilic factor is used when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are on a schedule, use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while using recombinant Helixate FS (antihemophilic factor recombinant)?
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
Recombinant Helixate FS (antihemophilic factor recombinant) side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; feeling light-headed, fainting; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using recombinant antihemophilic factor and call your doctor at once if you have:
easy bruising, increased bleeding episodes; or
bleeding from a wound or where the medicine was injected.
Common side effects may include:
nausea, vomiting, diarrhea;
sore throat, cough, stuffy nose;
weakness, feeling tired;
pain, swelling, itching, or irritation where the injection was given.
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 recombinant Helixate FS (antihemophilic factor recombinant)?
Other drugs may interact with recombinant antihemophilic factor, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.
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Where can I get more information?
- Your pharmacist can provide more information about recombinant antihemophilic factor.
- 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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Date modified: October 14, 2016
Last reviewed: January 13, 2012