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Antihemophilic Factor, AHF, Factor VIII injection
What is this medicine?
ANTIHEMOPHILIC FACTOR (AHF or FACTOR VIII) (an tee hee moe FIL ik fak tir) is used to prevent or control bleeding in patients with hemophilia A. This medicine is also used in these patients during surgery. Some products are used to treat von Willebrand's disease.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for injection into a vein. It is usually given by a health-care professional in a hospital or clinic setting. If you are given this medicine for home use, you will be instructed in the proper injection technique. Follow the directions exactly.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. While this drug may be prescribed for children of all ages for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
fast, irregular heartbeat
feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
fever or chills, flu-like symptoms
numbness or tingling in hands or feet
pain, redness or swelling at the injection site
unusually weak or tired
yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
What may interact with this medicine?
Interactions are not expected.
What if I miss a dose?
Try not to miss doses. Ask your doctor or health care professional for instructions if you miss a dose.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Be sure to follow the directions for the specific product you take. Most products are stored in a refrigerator between 2 and 8 degrees C (36 and 46 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Once the solution has been prepared, use it within 1 to 3 hours. Throw away any unused medicine.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
an unusual or allergic reaction to human or animal (cow, hamster, mouse, or pig) proteins, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Some products are derived from human plasma, and there is a small risk that these products may contain certain types of virus or bacteria. All products are processed to kill most viruses and bacteria. If you have questions concerning the risk of viral infections, discuss them with your doctor or health care professional.
If you are a hemophilia patient, carry an identification card with you at all times. The card should have your name, the name and dose of your medication(s), the name and phone number of your doctor or health care professional, and a contact person in case of emergency.