What is Praxbind?
Praxbind is a prescription medicine that is used to undo the effects of a certain blood thinner.
Idarucizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody fragment (Fab) derived from an IgG1 isotype molecule, whose target is the direct thrombin inhibitor dabigatran. Using recombinant expression technology, idarucizumab is produced in a well characterized recombinant (mammalian) CHO cell line and is purified using standard technology. Idarucizumab is composed of a light chain of 219 amino acids and a heavy chain fragment of 225 amino acids, covalently linked together by one disulfide bond between cysteine 225 of the heavy chain fragment and cysteine 219 of the light chain, and has an estimated molecular mass of approximately 47,766 Daltons.
PRAXBIND (idarucizumab) is a sterile, preservative-free, colorless to slightly yellow, clear to slightly opalescent solution for intravenous administration. PRAXBIND (idarucizumab) is supplied in 2 single-dose vials, each containing 2.5 g of idarucizumab in 50 mL formulated as a buffered, isotonic, solution containing acetic acid glacial (10.05 mg), polysorbate 20 (10 mg), sodium acetate trihydrate (147.35 mg), sorbitol (2004.20 mg), and water for injection with an osmolality of 270-330 mOsm/kg and a pH of 5.3-5.7.
Mechanism of Action
Idarucizumab is a specific reversal agent for dabigatran. It is a humanized monoclonal antibody fragment (Fab) that binds to dabigatran and its acylglucuronide metabolites with higher affinity than the binding affinity of dabigatran to thrombin, neutralizing their anticoagulant effect.
Before taking Praxbind, tell your doctor:
- If you are allergic to Praxbind; any part of this medicine; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Praxbind with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Praxbind?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Praxbind. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- People are treated with drugs to thin the blood when they have health problems that raise the chance of blood clots. This medicine is used to undo the effects of a blood thinner. The chance of blood clots may be raised after using Praxbind. Follow what the doctor has told you about preventing blood clots after use of Praxbind.
- Call your doctor right away if you have signs of a blood clot like chest pain or pressure; coughing up blood; shortness of breath; swelling, warmth, numbness, change of color, or pain in a leg or arm; or trouble speaking or swallowing.
- Call your doctor right away if you have any bleeding after getting Praxbind.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- This medicine has sorbitol in it. Very bad and sometimes deadly reactions have happened when people with hereditary fructose intolerance got a shot with sorbitol in it. Talk with your doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Praxbind while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is Praxbind best taken?
Use Praxbind as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- It is given as an infusion into a vein over a period of time.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Call your doctor to find out what to do.
What are the side effects of Praxbind that I need to call my doctor about immediately?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Shortness of breath.
- Fast breathing.
What are some other side effects of Praxbind?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Upset stomach.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If overdose is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Praxbind?
- If you need to store Praxbind at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL
- Praxbind® 2.5 g/50 mL Label
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