Neorecormon (NeoRecormon 500units/0.3ml solution for injection pre-filled syringes)

 

Overview

Information specific to: NeoRecormon 500units/0.3ml solution for injection pre-filled syringes when used in Blood transfusion (reducing the need for).

NeoRecormon (Nee-oh-Rec-or-mon) is a medicine which is used in treating anaemia in people with cancer, treating anaemia in people with kidney problems, increasing blood production for self-donation before surgery and preventing anaemia in premature infants. NeoRecormon contains epoetin beta. It is supplied by Roche Products Limited.

The information in this Medicine Guide for NeoRecormon varies according to the condition being treated and the particular preparation used.

Your medicine

NeoRecormon is a form of a hormone called erythropoietin. Erythropoietin is a hormone which is produced in the body that is involved in the production of red blood cells. NeoRecormon is used to treat anaemia in people who do not produce enough erythropoietin or if the erythropoietin that is produced does not have the full effect. NeoRecormon is used to treat anaemia in people who have kidney problems, cancer or people who are having dialysis. It can also be used to prevent anaemia from developing in premature infants. It is also used to increase the amount of blood produced by people who are going to have surgery. The extra blood is drawn from the body before surgery and stored so that it can be used in the event of a blood transfusion.

NeoRecormon needs to be injected. Your prescriber will show you how to inject this medicine yourself.

There should also be instructions on how to inject this medicine in the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with this medicine or on the pharmacy label.

The pharmacy label on your medicine tells you how much medicine you should have. It also tells you how often you should have your medicine. This is the dose that you and your prescriber have agreed you should have. You should not change the dose of your medicine unless you are told to do so by your prescriber.

Do not share your medicine with other people. It may not be suitable for them and may harm them.

If you feel that the medicine is making you unwell or you do not think it is working, then talk to your prescriber.

Whether this medicine is suitable for you

NeoRecormon is not suitable for everyone and some people should never use it. Other people should only use it with special care. It is important that the person prescribing this medicine knows your full medical history.

Your prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all if you:

  • are allergic or sensitive to or have had a reaction to any of the ingredients in the medicine
  • have antibodies to erythropoietin
  • have certain types of blood problems
  • have epilepsy
  • have had a recent stroke
  • have had or have risk factors for thromboembolic problems
  • have had raised blood pressure
  • have heart problems
  • have liver problems
  • have metabolic problems
  • have phenylketonuria
  • have recently had a heart attack

Furthermore the prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all for someone who weighs less than 50 Kg.

As part of the process of assessing suitability to take this medicine a prescriber may also arrange tests:

  • to determine whether or not the medicine is suitable and whether it must be prescribed with extra care
  • to check that this medicine is having the desired effect
  • to check that this medicine is not having any undesired effects

Over time it is possible that NeoRecormon can become unsuitable for some people, or they may become unsuitable for it. If at any time it appears that NeoRecormon has become unsuitable, it is important that the prescriber is contacted immediately.

Alcohol

Alcohol can interact with certain medicines.

In the case of NeoRecormon:

  • there are no known interactions between alcohol and NeoRecormon

Diet

Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your prescriber may advise you to avoid certain foods.

In the case of NeoRecormon:

  • while you are having NeoRecormon your prescriber may advise you to take extra iron to supplement your diet

For more advice speak to your prescriber, nutritionist or pharmacist.

Driving and operating machinery

When taking any medicine you should be aware that it might interfere with your ability to drive or operate machinery safely.

Like all medicinesNeoRecormon can cause side effects. You should see how this medicine affects you and then judge if you are safe to drive or operate machinery. If you are in any doubt, talk to your prescriber.

Family planning and pregnancy

Most medicines, in some way, can affect the development of a baby in the womb. The effect on the baby differs between medicines and also depends on the stage of pregnancy that you have reached when you take the medicine.

In the case of NeoRecormon:

  • you should only have this medicine during pregnancy if your doctor thinks that you need it

Careful consideration needs to be given to the risks and the benefits of using this medicine during pregnancy.

You need to discuss your specific circumstances with your doctor to make a decision about whether you are going to take this medicine during pregnancy. You should only take this medicine during pregnancy if your doctor thinks you need to take it. If the decision is that you should not have NeoRecormon, then you should discuss whether there is an alternative medicine that you could take during pregnancy.

Breast-feeding

Certain medicines can pass into breast milk and may reach your baby through breast-feeding.

In the case of NeoRecormon:

  • it is not known whether this medicine passes into breast milk

Before you have your baby you should discuss breast-feeding with your doctor or midwife. They will help you decide what is best for you and your baby based on the benefits and risks associated with this medicine. You should only breast-feed your baby while taking this medicine on the advice of your doctor or midwife.

Taking other medicines

There are no known important interactions between NeoRecormon and other medicines. If you experience any unusual symptoms while having NeoRecormon and other medicines you should tell your prescriber.

Complementary preparations and vitamins

Medicines can interact with complementary preparations and vitamins. In general, there is not much information available about interactions between medicines and complementary preparations or vitamins.

If you are planning to take or are already taking any complementary preparations and vitamins you should ask your prescriber whether there are any known interactions with NeoRecormon.

Your prescriber can advise whether it is appropriate for you to take combinations that are known to interact. They can also discuss with you the possible effect that the complementary preparations and vitamins may have on your condition.

If you experience any unusual effects while taking this medicine in combination with complementary preparations and vitamins, you should tell your prescriber.

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