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antihemophilic factor (generic name)

(AHF or FACTOR VIII): A coagulation modifier - It (an tee hee moe FIL ik fak tir) is used to prevent or control bleeding in patients with hemophilia A
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Antihemophilic Factor VIII, Plasma/Albumin-Free (Recombinant) (Hamster) (Murine) Solution for 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.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

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.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

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.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected.

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

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.

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Last Updated

March 11, 2009

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