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how common is to take epogen procrit (epoetin alfa) for kidney?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
39 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Depends on stage: In stage 4 and stage 5 (end stage) kidney diseases, Epogen (epoetin alfa) use is common, much more than in lighter stages. Of note, Epogen (epoetin alfa) (procrit) is not taken for kidneys but for anemia caused by kidney disease.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
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