Taking PROMACTA

PROMACTA

PROMACTA® (eltrombopag) is the only second-line chronic immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) treatment of its kind that offers convenient once-daily oral dosing for pediatric patients. Most young children start PROMACTA on 25 mg once daily. Your child’s doctor will work with you to find which strength and formulation work best for your child over the long term.

 

PROMACTA comes in both an oral tablet and oral suspension:

 

Oral tablets

12.5 mg, 25 mg, 50 mg, 75 mg

 

Can’t swallow a pill? PROMACTA is also available as an oral suspension

12.5 mg, 25 mg

 

You and your child can choose which way is best to take PROMACTA.

 

How should your child take PROMACTA?

HERE ARE 3 IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW:

PROMACTA can be taken without a meal or with a meal low in calcium (≤50 mg).
PROMACTA should be taken 2 hours before or 4 hours after taking medications like antacids, mineral supplements, or foods that are high in calcium.
Weekly doctor visits aren’t required for administration of PROMACTA.
How to Mix and Give PROMACTA for Oral Suspension
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How to fit PROMACTA into your family's lifestyle

With PROMACTA, you don’t have to build your child’s life around treatment administration. You and your child decide when to take it. Once you find a time that works, simply stick to that time, all the time. Here are some ideas to get you started creating a schedule.

What does calcium have to do with it?

Too much calcium (more than 50 mg) stops PROMACTA from working properly. To get the full benefit of PROMACTA, you need to be careful to avoid eating calcium-rich foods such as dairy products (yogurt, cheese, milk, ice cream), calcium-fortified foods (some orange juice, dry cereal, and bread), and certain fruits and vegetables.

Need some help understanding these rules and planning meals with PROMACTA?

Click below to download the Meal Planner to make sure you know which foods are high in calcium (some may be a surprise!).

Need the calcium content of specific foods?

Check out the US Department of Agriculture database.