Oprelvekin is a protein that stimulates production of platelets in the blood. Platelets are important for proper clotting of the blood and for wound healing.

Oprelvekin is used to prevent platelets from becoming dangerously low in certain people receiving chemotherapy that can result in bone marrow suppression or the need for blood platelet transfusions.

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  • Platelets
  • More common
    Fast heartbeat
    fluid retention
    irregular heartbeat
    shortness of breath
    sore mouth or tongue
    swelling of feet or lower legs
    white patches in mouth and/or on tongue
    Less common
    Bloody eye
    blurred vision
    severe redness and peeling of skin
    Incidence not determined - —Observed during clinical practice with levofloxacin; estimates of frequency cannot be determined
    bleeding
    blistering
    bloody urine
    blurred vision
    burning
    change in ability to see colors, especially blue or yellow
    cloudy urine
    coldness
    cough
    decrease or increase in amount of urine
    difficulty swallowing
    discoloration of skin
    dizziness
    fainting or lightheadedness
    fast heartbeat
    feeling of pressure
    hives
    increased blood pressure
    increased thirst
    infection
    inflammation
    itching
    loss of appetite
    lower back/side pain
    lumps
    nausea
    numbness
    pain
    puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes face, lips or tongue
    rash
    redness
    scarring
    shortness of breath
    skin rash
    soreness
    stinging
    stomach pain;
    swelling
    tenderness
    tightness in chest
    tingling
    troubled breathing
    ulceration
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    vomiting
    warmth at site
    weight gain
    wheezing
    This medicine may also cause the following side effect that your doctor will watch for:

    More common
    Heart rhythm problems
    Some oprelvekin side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

    More common
    Red eyes
    weakness
    Less common
    Numbness or tingling of hands or feet
    skin discoloration
    skin rash at place of injection
  • (oprelvekin) injection