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When and How to Receive This Medicine

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with peginesatide include the following:
  • This medication comes as an injection that is given under the skin (subcutaneously) or slowly into a vein (intravenous, or IV, infusion), usually during dialysis.
  • Peginesatide is usually given once every four weeks. If dosage adjustments are necessary, they should not occur more often than every four weeks.
  • In some situations, you may be able to give yourself peginesatide injections (under the skin, not by IV) at home. In this situation, your healthcare provider should teach you exactly how to give yourself the injections.
  • You will need regular blood tests while using peginesatide to monitor the effectiveness of the medication.
  • It is important that your body has sufficient levels of iron, as an iron deficiency may decrease the effectiveness of peginesatide. Your healthcare provider may recommend iron supplements in some situations.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.

Dosing Information for Peginesatide

The dose of peginesatide your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Your previous dosage of other similar medications
  • How you respond to peginesatide, as measured by blood tests
  • Your weight.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Peginesatide Dosage for more information.)

Peginesatide Drug Information

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