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Do you need a script for epogen (epoetin alfa)?

Do you need a script for epogen (epoetin alfa)?

Erythropoietin: Epogen (epoetin alfa) is a very expensive medication which can only be prescribed by a physician (usually a hematologist, oncologist, or nephrologist). Some insurance plans won't let the patient give it to themselves and instead insist that it be given in the doctor's clinic. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Epogen, (epoetin alfa) for which of the side effects would you change?

Any of them: Epogen (epoetin alfa) is associated very rarely with serious side effects, hypertension and seizures are reported. The drug should be reconsidered if these or any other side effects occur. These are new alternatives to epogen (epoetin alfa). ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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How common is it to take a drug called epogen procrit (epoetin alfa) for kidney damage?

How common is it  to take a drug called epogen procrit (epoetin alfa) for kidney damage?

Very common: As the kidneys fail the production of erythropoetin (procrit (epoetin alfa) and epogen) falls off and anemia results.With replacement anemia and transfusion are avoided late stage kidney diease patients get treated with these drugs and almost all end stage renal failure patients. These drugs do nothing for kidney disease, they just fix the anemia. ...Read more

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Why do athletes take erythropoietin?

Why do athletes take erythropoietin?

More O2: To increase the number of circulating red cells, thus improving the delivery of o2 to tissues. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: erythropoietin?

Hormone: Erythropoietin is the hormone that regulates red blood cell production. It also has other known biological functions. For example, erythropoietin plays an important role in the brain's response to neuronal injury. It is also involved in the wound healing process. ...Read more

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Is it easy to buy erythropoietin in a pharmacy?

NO: Erythropoietin is a prescription drug so you need a prescription by a physician only few specialty pharmacies will carry this drug. ...Read more

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What is the importance of erythropoietin?

Essential: Erythropoietin is an important hormone (produced by the kidneys) that stimulate your bone marrow to produce red blood cells. ...Read more

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When does exogenous erythropoietin becomes necessary?

Kidney failure: Erythropoietin is commonly used in people with anemia due to kidney failure. Other uses include anemia associatid with hiv, chemotherapy and some types of bone marrow diease. It may also be used pre-surgically in certain selected patients. It has also been used improperly as a performance enhancing agent in competative sports. ...Read more

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