You don’t need to find a vein to take your dose of HEMLIBRA.
— Maria, mom of 13-year-old with hemophilia A without factor VIII inhibitors, Texas
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The term “half-life” in medicine means how long it takes for half the amount of a drug to leave the body. A longer half-life means the medicine stays in your body longer.
The half-life of HEMLIBRA is 646 hours, or about 4 weeks.
The half-life of factor VIII treatment can be up to 22 hours.
Lower levels of HEMLIBRA in blood were predicted in children less than 6 months old.
— Guy Young, MD, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
*For all 3 dosing groups, the levels of HEMLIBRA were within the therapeutic range. A therapeutic range is the range of drug levels that may be expected to achieve a therapeutic treatment effect.
For the first 4 weeks of treatment, you’ll use HEMLIBRA once a week. This will build up the levels of HEMLIBRA in your blood. After that, your doctor will help you choose a dosing schedule that’s right for you.
For more information on your HEMLIBRA dosing schedules, click here.
— Gabe, 36-year-old man with hemophilia A without factor VIII inhibitors, Texas
Gabe takes HEMLIBRA every 2 weeks, after having completed the 4 once weekly loading doses.
Please see HEMLIBRA Instructions for Use for full dosing and administration information.
Individual results may vary. Not all patients in the clinical trials had zero bleeds. See results for clinical trial patients with or without factor VIII inhibitors here.
The HEMLIBRA community members shown have been compensated for their participation.
When starting HEMLIBRA, a “loading dose” is taken once weekly for 4 weeks. After that, HEMLIBRA offers 3 regular dosing options: once weekly, once every 2 weeks, or once every 4 weeks. Talk to a doctor about dosing.
HEMLIBRA is a prescription medicine used for routine prophylaxis to prevent or reduce the frequency of bleeding episodes in adults and children, ages newborn and older, with hemophilia A with or without factor VIII inhibitors.
What is the most important information I should know about HEMLIBRA?
HEMLIBRA increases the potential for your blood to clot. People who use activated prothrombin complex concentrate (aPCC; Feiba®) to treat breakthrough bleeds while taking HEMLIBRA may be at risk of serious side effects related to blood clots.
These serious side effects include:
Talk to your doctor about the signs and symptoms of these serious side effects, which can include:
If you experience any of these symptoms during or after treatment with HEMLIBRA, get medical help right away.
Carefully follow your healthcare provider’s instructions regarding when to use an on-demand bypassing agent or factor VIII, and the dose and schedule to use for breakthrough bleed treatment. If aPCC (Feiba®) is needed, talk to your healthcare provider in case you feel you need more than 100 U/kg of aPCC (Feiba®) total.
Your body may make antibodies against HEMLIBRA, which may stop HEMLIBRA from working properly. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you notice that HEMLIBRA has stopped working for you (eg, increase in bleeds).
The most common side effects of HEMLIBRA include: injection site reactions (redness, tenderness, warmth, or itching at the site of injection), headache, and joint pain. These are not all of the possible side effects of HEMLIBRA. You can speak with your healthcare provider for more information.
What else should I know about HEMLIBRA?
See the detailed “Instructions for Use” that comes with your HEMLIBRA for information on how to prepare and inject a dose of HEMLIBRA, and how to properly throw away (dispose of) used needles and syringes.
HEMLIBRA may interfere with laboratory tests that measure how well your blood is clotting and create an inaccurate result. Speak with your healthcare provider about how this may affect your care.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Only use HEMLIBRA for the condition it was prescribed. Do not give HEMLIBRA to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements. Keep a list of them to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist.
Before using HEMLIBRA, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, are breastfeeding, or plan to breastfeed.
Since HEMLIBRA was tested in males, there is no information on whether HEMLIBRA may impact your unborn baby or breast milk. Females who are able to become pregnant should use birth control during treatment.
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