Generic Name: hemin (HEE min)Brand Names: Panhematin
Hemin is an enzyme inhibitor that is made from red blood cells. It works by lowering the production of a certain enzyme in the body.
Hemin is used to treat the symptoms of occasional attacks of porphyria related to the menstrual cycle in women. Hemin helps control symptoms such as pain, increased heart rate or blood pressure, and changes in mental status.Hemin should not be used to treat porphyria cutanea tarda.
Hemin is not a cure for porphyria. It will only control the symptoms of a porphyria episode.
Hemin may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Using too much hemin could be harmful to your kidneys. Follow the directions on your prescription label.You should not use this medication if you are allergic to hemin.
Before using hemin, tell your doctor if you are allergic to latex rubber.
Also tell your doctor if you take birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, a blood thinner, steroids, or a barbiturate sedative.
Hemin is made from human blood and may contain viruses and other infectious agents that can cause disease. Although donated human blood is screened, tested, and treated to reduce the risk of it containing anything that could cause disease, there is still a small possibility it could transmit disease. Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using this medication.What should I discuss with my health care provider before using Panhematin (hemin)?You should not use this medication if you are allergic to hemin.
Before using hemin, tell your doctor if you are allergic to latex rubber.FDA pregnancy category C. Hemin may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether hemin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Hemin is made from human blood and may contain viruses and other infectious agents that can cause disease. Although donated human blood is screened, tested, and treated to reduce the risk of it containing anything that could cause disease, there is still a small possibility it could transmit disease. Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using this medication.
Use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Using too much hemin could be harmful to your kidneys. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Hemin is given as an injection through a needle placed into a vein. Your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider will give you this injection. You may be shown how to use your medicine at home. Do not self-inject hemin if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of needles, IV tubing, and other items used in giving the medicine.For best results from this medication, start using it at the first sign of a porphyria attack.
Hemin injected through an IV infusion can take 10 or 15 minutes to complete. You may need to use hemin daily for up to 2 weeks depending on how your body responds to the medication.
Hemin powder must be mixed with a liquid (diluent) just before using it. If you are using the injections at home, be sure you understand how to properly mix and store the medication.After mixing hemin with the diluent, shake the mixture for 2 or 3 full minutes to help the medication dissolve completely.
Give the injection right away after mixing the medication. Do not save it for later use. Throw away any unused mixture after giving your injection.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your urine may need to be tested on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.Store unmixed hemin powder in the refrigerator.
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Overdose symptoms may include urinating less than usual or not at all.
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while you are using hemin.
urinating less than usual or not at all;
swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath;
easy bruising or bleeding; or
swelling, pain, or irritation around the IV needle.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially:
a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin);
birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy;
a steroid medication; or
a barbiturate such as amobarbital (Amytal), butabarbital (Butisol), mephobarbital (Mebaral), secobarbital (Seconal), or phenobarbital (Solfoton).
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with hemin. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.