Promacta (eltrombopag) is a man-made form of a protein that increases production of platelets (blood-clotting cells) in your body. Eltrombopag can lower the risk of bleeding by increasing platelets in your blood.

Promacta is used to prevent bleeding episodes in people with chronic immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a bleeding condition caused by a lack of platelets in the blood. This medicine is for use in adults and children who are at least 1 year old, after other medicines have been tried without success.

Promacta is also used to prevent bleeding in people with chronic hepatitis C who are treated with an interferon (such as Intron A, Infergen, Pegasys, PegIntron, Rebetron, Redipen, or Sylatron).

Promacta is also used to treat severe aplastic anemia in adults after other medicines have been tried without success.

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  • Promacta
  • More common
    Bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
    body aches or pain
    chills or fever
    cough
    difficulty with breathing
    headache
    loss of voice
    pale skin
    rapid weight gain
    runny nose
    sore throat
    tingling of the hands or feet
    troubled breathing with exertion
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    unusual weight gain or loss
    yellow eyes or skin
    Less common
    Bladder pain
    blindness
    blurred or decreased vision
    bruising
    burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
    diarrhea
    general feeling of discomfort or illness
    hoarseness
    joint pain
    lower back or side pain
    muscle aches and pains
    nausea
    pinpoint red spots on the skin
    redness of the eye
    shivering
    sweating
    tender, swollen glands in the neck
    trouble sleeping
    trouble swallowing
    voice changes
    vomiting
    Incidence not known
    Chest pain
    pain, redness, or swelling in the legs or arms
    Some eltrombopag 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
    Decreased appetite
    difficulty with moving
    hair loss or thinning of the hair
    itching skin
    lack or loss of strength
    muscle aching or cramping
    muscle pains or stiffness
    swollen joints
    Less common
    Acid or sour stomach
    back pain
    belching
    bone pain
    dry mouth
    heartburn
    indigestion
    rash
    stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
  • (eltrombopag olamine) tablet, film coated