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Generic Name: Drotrecogin Alfa (DROE-treh-KOE-jen)
Brand Name: Xigris
Xigris is used for:
Treating life-threatening bacterial blood infections in adults.
Xigris is similar to a natural protein produced by the body. In patients with severe, life-threatening bacterial infections, Xigris decreases inflammation and the formation of blood clots in blood vessels. It also increases the breakdown of blood clots.
Do NOT use Xigris if:
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Xigris :
Some medical conditions may interact with Xigris . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Xigris . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Xigris may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Xigris :
Use Xigris as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Xigris .
Important safety information:
Possible side effects of Xigris :
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. No COMMON side effects have been reported with the proper use of Xigris . Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include severe bleeding.Proper storage of Xigris :
Store Xigris in the refrigerator between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). Do not freeze. Protect unreconstituted vials from light. Store in carton until time of use. Keep Xigris , as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Xigris . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition 06.4.1.002
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.
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