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What condition does Lusutrombopag treat?

Lusutrombopag is used in people who have low platelet count who is scheduled to have a medical or dental procedure. Having a low count of platelet increases the risk of excessive bleeding while undergoing certain procedures. 

This medicine is also used by people with chronic liver disease. Chronic liver disease consists of a wide range of liver pathologies that includes inflammation and liver cirrhosis. This type of condition lasts over six months.

Lusutrombopag is a thrombopoietin receptor agonist (TPO). 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.

How does Lusutrombopag work?

In the body, thrombopoietin stimulates the fabrication 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.

What is the recommended dosage for 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?

  • Stomach pain or tenderness
  • Headache
  • Chest pain
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Painful, swollen, red, or tender leg

What are the precautions in taking Lusutrombopag?

  • Before taking a dose of this medicine, tell your doctor if you have any allergies or if you are allergic to this drug.
  • Inform your doctor know if you have any medical history or current treatments or medicines. 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 dosage and continue your regular schedule of dosing if it is almost time for your next dose.
  • Consult your doctor first if you are pregnant or breastfeeding women before taking this prescription.
  • Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had a blood clot or a genetic condition that could lead to blood clots. Blood clotting complications might happen while you are using this medication. Check with your health care provider right away if you have swelling, pain, pain in your chest, or tenderness in your leg.
  • Follow the instructions of your doctor about any restrictions on activity, beverages, or food.
  • If your platelet count gets too high while you are taking this medication, you might develop a blood clot.