Advate is a prescribed medication that helps with the treatment of hemophilia A. Hemophilia A is a condition where the blood is missing the protein Factor VIII, which helps the blood to clot when you start bleeding. Advate hemophilia A treatment can help to raise the levels of Factor VIII in the blood, but only temporarily.
Advate Hemophilia A Treatment Administration
This treatment is intravenous and a doctor is necessary to prescribe it. Consequently, a trained healthcare professional should administer the injection. However, you can learn to self-administer Advate if you go through proper training beforehand. Although a home care nurse or family member with the same training can administer the treatment, doctors suggest patients to go to a healthcare professional for the initial injection.
The dosage of Advate that you may need to treat your hemophilia A and the time between injections depends on the severity of your condition. Remember to talk with your doctor before you decide to take Advate to treat your case of hemophilia A.
Advate Hemophilia A Treatment Precautions
Do not use Advate if you are allergic to any type of antihemophilic factor. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have any allergies to the specific proteins that Advate contains. Additionally, stop taking Advate if you feel like you have had any sort of allergic reaction to it.
Remember to tell your doctor about any prescription or over-the-counter medication that you are taking, as they may interfere with Advate.
Advate only treats hemophilia A caused by a deficiency of Factor VIII and should not be used to treat hemophilia B or von Willebrand disease.
Side Effects of Advate Hemophilia A Treatment
Side effects of Advate include chest pain, bruising more easily, and increased bleeding.
Common side effects are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, joint pain, rash, fatigue, weakness, fever and pain, swelling, itching, or irritation at the injection site.
You should let your doctor know if you experience any of these side effects to receive proper treatment.
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