Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Hemofil-M, Koate-DVI, Monarc-M, Monoclate-P
Generic Name: antihemophilic factor (human) (Pronunciation: an tee hee moe FIL ik FAK tor)
What is human antihemophilic factor (Hemofil-M, Koate-DVI, Monarc-M, Monoclate-P)?
This medication works by temporarily raising levels of factor VIII in the blood to aid in clotting.
Human antihemophilic factor is used to treat or prevent bleeding episodes in adults and children with hemophilia A. It is also used to control bleeding related to surgery or dentistry in a person with hemophilia.
Human antihemophilic factor is not for use in people with von Willebrand disease.
Human antihemophilic factor may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of human antihemophilic factor (Hemofil-M, Koate-DVI, Monarc-M, Monoclate-P)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; feeling light-headed, fainting; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about human antihemophilic factor (Hemofil-M, Koate-DVI, Monarc-M, Monoclate-P)?
Do not use this medication if you have ever had a severe allergic reaction to antihemophilic factor in the past, or if you are allergic to mouse proteins.
Before using human antihemophilic factor, your specific blood clotting disorder must be diagnosed as factor VIII deficiency. Human antihemophilic factor will not treat von Willebrand disease.
Your body may develop antibodies to this medication, making it less effective. Call your doctor if this medicine seems to be less effective in controlling your bleeding.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition and is not causing harmful effects, your blood may need to be tested on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.
Carry an ID card or wear a medical alert bracelet stating that you have hemophilia in case of emergency. Any doctor, dentist, or emergency medical care provider who treats you should know that you have a bleeding or blood-clotting disorder.
Human antihemophilic factor is made from human plasma (part of the blood) and may contain viruses and other infectious agents that can cause disease. Although donated human plasma is screened, tested, and treated to reduce the risk of it containing anything that could cause disease, there is still a small possibility it could transmit disease. Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using this medication.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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