Ecallantide injection is used to treat sudden attacks of hereditary angioedema (HAE). Ecallantide works best as a blocker of a chemical that induces inflammatory reactions which causes swelling, inflammation, and pain for patients with HAE.
Take note that this medicine is not a cure. The medicine is also only available with the prescription of a medical doctor.
2 What to Know Before Using
When making a decision on how to use a medicine, the risks of using the medicine need to be weighed against the benefits of using the medicine. This is the decision that needs to be reached by both you and your doctor. It is necessary that you inform your medical doctor of potential allergies or allergic reactions you have suffered previously to this medicines or any other. In addition, also inform your doctor if you have any other allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
If using nonprescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully before using these medicines. In children, there have been no age appropriate studies for the effects of triamterene in the pediatric populations. Safety and efficacy studies have also not been performed. Geriatric information on the relationship of age to the effect of erythromycin and sulfisoxazole combination in geriatric patients has also not been performed.
Pregnancy studies have shown an adverse effect and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women or no animal studies have been conducted and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women. There are limited studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding. Certain medicines may not be used together at all.
However, in other cases, two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor will make a decision on how soon and when to change the dose, or other precautions as will be necessary. Always consult your medical doctor is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.
Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine. Other interaction with this medicine may occur at or around times of eating food. Avoid the use of alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Always consult your doctor before you use this medicine with food, alcohol or tobacco.
This medicine is administered by a nurse or a trained health professional in hospital or emergency clinic. The medicine is given as a shot under the skin at the abdomen, thigh or upper arm. The medicine is also used under the medication guide. Always read and follow the instructions carefully and ask your doctor for any questions.
4 Precautions to Take
Regular medical checkups for progress or you or your child is important so as to ensure that the medicine is working properly and to make a decision on whether they should continue to receive the medicine. It is known that the medicine can lead to allergic reactions which are referred to as anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is life threatening and may require immediate medical attention.
When there is anaphylaxis, always inform your doctor right away. Also, inform your doctor when you are having a cough, difficulty in swallowing, dizziness, fast heartbeat, wheezing, shortness of breath, trouble breathing, chest tightness, swelling on your face, hands, tongue, throat, a fever, chills, running nose, sneezing, hives, itching, lightheadedness or faintness after you receive an injection.
5 Potential Side Effects
Medical attention will be required in case side effects occur after using these medicines. In addition, check with your doctor or nurse immediately when the side effects occur.
Although certain side effects may occur, they may not need medical attention since they will be able to go away as your continue with treatment and the body adjusts to the medicine. In addition, your healthcare professional will be able to inform you of ways of reducing some of the side effects. Check with your healthcare professional if any of the side effects continue or become bothersome.
Other side effects may present and may not be listed here but can occur in other or some patients. In case of other side effects, check with your doctor or report the effects directly to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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