Antihemophilic Factor (By injection)
Antihemophilic Agent, Hemostatic (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Antihemophilic factor (AHF) injection is used to treat and prevent serious bleeding episodes in patients with a bleeding problem called hemophilia A. The bleeding episode may be related to an injury (trauma) or a surgical procedure. AHF is a protein that is produced naturally in the body. It helps the blood form clots to stop bleeding and prevents bleeding problems from happening as often.
Hemophilia A, also called classical hemophilia, is a condition where the body does not make enough AHF. If you do not have enough AHF and you become injured, your blood will not form clots properly. You might bleed into and damage your muscles and joints. AHF injection is given to increase the levels of AHF in the blood.
There are several different types of AHF. They are made from human blood or artificially by a man-made process (recombinant). AHF made from human blood has been treated and is not likely to contain harmful viruses, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). The man-made AHF products do not contain these viruses.
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Your doctor will prescribe your dose and schedule. This medicine is given through a needle placed in a vein.
A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.
You may be taught how to give your medicine at home. Make sure you understand all instructions before giving yourself an injection. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
Use a new needle and syringe each time you inject your medicine.
Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Missed dose:It is important that you use this medicine according to your schedule. If possible, have other family members trained to give your treatment in case you cannot give it to yourself. If you do miss a dose, ask your doctor or home health caregiver for instructions. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Each brand of medicine has different storage instructions. Follow the directions for your brand. Most brands need to be stored in the refrigerator. Some brands can be stored at room temperature for up to 12 months. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure how to store your brand. Do not use this medicine after the expiration date.
Throw away used needles in a hard, closed container that the needles cannot poke through. Keep this container away from children and pets.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to antihemophilic factor (AHF).
AHF may be made from donated human blood. Some human blood products have transmitted viruses, although the risk is low because donors and blood are both tested for viruses. AHF products that are not taken from human blood are also available. Talk with your doctor if you have concerns.
Call your doctor if you continue to have bleeding problems after you use this medicine, or if your medicine does not seem to be working as well as usual.
Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Brand names include
Advate, Adynovate, Eloctate, Helixate FS, Hemofil M, Hemofil-M, Hyate:C, Koate DVI, Koate-DVI, Kogenate FS, Kogenate FS with BIO-SET, Monarc-M, Monoclate-P, Novoeight, Nuwiq, Obizur, Recombinate, Xyntha
There may be other brand names for this medicine.