Lusutrombopag is used in people who have low platelet count who is scheduled to have a medical or dental procedure. Having low platelet count increases the risk of too much bleeding while undergoing certain procedures.
Lusutrombopag is also used by people with chronic liver disease. The chronic liver disease consists of a wide range of liver pathologies that includes inflammation and liver cirrhosis. This type of condition lasts over a period of six months.
How does Lusutrombopag work?
In the body, a hormone called thrombopoietin stimulates the production of platelets. It is by attaching to receptors or targets in the bone marrow. Lusutrombopag attaches to the same receptors as thrombopoietin. This drug helps increase the platelet count.
Why use Lusutrombopag?
Lusutrombopag is a thrombopoietin (TPO) receptor agonist. TPO is a protein made by the liver that helps control the production of platelets. This helps prevent too much bleeding from a certain procedure. Lusutrombopag is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This medication is supplied as tablets for oral use. Each tablet is available in a 3 mg dosage that contains Lusutrombopag.
How to use Lusutrombopag?
The recommended dosage is based on your medical condition and response. Carefully follow the instructions of your doctor. Do not take more often or more than the prescription.
This is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. Usually, this drug is taken once a day for 7 days in a row. You may take each dose with or without food. Your doctor will check your platelet count before your procedure and before you start taking this medication. Don’t forget to take Lusutrombopag at the same time every day. Let your doctor know if your condition does not improve or if it gets worse.
What are the side effects of Lusutrombopag?
- Painful, red, swollen, or tender leg
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Stomach pain or tenderness
Warnings and Precautions
- Before taking a dose, tell your doctor if you have any allergies or if you are allergic to this drug.
- Let your doctor know if you have any medical history or current medications or treatments. This medicine may not be recommended along with certain other drugs.
- Do not double the dosage. If you missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. Skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule if it is almost time for your next dose.
- Consult your doctor first if you are pregnant or breastfeeding women before taking this prescription.