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See below: Erythropoetin doses vary widely, depending on the patient's weight, and reason for treatment. As little as 50-100 units per kilogram of a person's weight, or up to 60, 000 units may be used with each injection. ...Read more
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
For a person who is on procrit (epoetin alfa), (epoetin alfa) what is the lowest blood number one can have without taking procrit (epoetin alfa) and not causing harm or damage?
Hemoglobin 10 or 11: For patients who are anemic due to ongoing chemotherapy, Procrit (epoetin alfa) is not recommended to be given if hemoglobin is 10 or above. For patients who are anemic due to kidney failure on dialysis or not, a similar product Epogen is not recommended if hemoglobin is 11 or above. Medicare and most insurance providers have used these parameters due to "safety concerns" that higher HGB levels pose a detriment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are pros cons of drug procrit (epoetin alfa) to treat 88 year-old man whose chronic leukemia is now becoming acute where he needs transfusions every two weeks?
Limited value: Procrit (epoetin alfa) is commonly used in patients with cancer. But it is not always effective as it helps to raise red cell counts(hb) in most pateints but takes 4-6 weeks before it has any visible benefit.. A patient with acute leukemia has more urgent needs which are best met with a blood transfusion as needed. But his age is against him to achieve much benefit from anything further that can be done for him. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer