Xyntha is one of the drugs that treats people with hemophilia A. Hemophilia A is when the antihemophilic factor VIII is missing in a person’s body. Xyntha can help to temporarily raise the levels of factor VIII in the blood, helping the blood to clot and prevent bleeding episodes. Xyntha hemophilia treatment is available to adults and children who have hemophilia A.
Use of Xyntha Hemophilia Treatment
In addition to helping the blood to clot, Xyntha also controls bleeding when a hemophiliac patient goes into surgery or a dentistry operation. Further, the drug can prevent joint damage in patients over 15 who have severe hemophilia A without prior joint damage already.
In some cases, a patient’s body may develop antibodies to the antihemophilic factor in Xyntha, making the drug less effective. If patients notice the drug is not working as well as it originally did, they should speak to their doctor.
Patients must follow doctor’s directions exactly when using Xyntha. Additionally, they need to ensure that they take the prescribed amount.
Xyntha is an intravenously-administered drug. Self-administration is only appropriate if the patient completes proper training. Xyntha hemophilia treatment is normally given every 8 to 24 hours for 1 to 4 days.
Xyntha Hemophilia Treatment Side Effects
The common side effects of Xyntha include:
- headaches, dizziness
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- joint pain
- weakness, feeling tired
- pain, swelling, itching, or irritation at injection site
- sore throat, cough, stuffy nose
Patients should stop using Xyntha and inform their doctors right away if they experience any of the following symptoms:
- easy bruising or increased bleeding episodes
- bleeding from a wound or from where the drug is injected
- chest pain
Speak to your doctor to find out if Xyntha is the right option for you.
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