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What're normal doses of procrit (epoetin alfa)?

What're normal doses of procrit (epoetin alfa)?

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

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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

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I take procrit (epoetin alfa) about every two weeks, is there an alternative?

Yes: Longer acting forms of erythropoietic agents have been produced. One is known as aranesp, (darbepoetin alfa) and is dosed every 3-4 weeks. ...Read more

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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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I was wondering what side effect to expect from injections of procrit (epoetin alfa)?

I was wondering what side effect to expect from injections of procrit (epoetin alfa)?

Several: Increased mortality(death), serious cardiovascular events, thromboembolic events, stroke and increased risk of tumor progression or recurrence. ...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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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?

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 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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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 more

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My dad (85) has myelodysplastic syndrome (mds), hgb recently fell to 9 and red cell count near critical. Getting transfusion and procrit (epoetin alfa). Outlook?

My dad (85) has myelodysplastic syndrome (mds),  hgb recently fell to 9 and red cell count near critical.   Getting transfusion and procrit (epoetin alfa).  Outlook?

MDS not curable: First transfusion? Or becoming transfusion dependent. Are newer possibilities to help control transfusion requirement. Different subtypes of mds. Would need more specifics. ...Read more

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Chronic anemia 13 yrs. HepC 3+ yrs. Can elevated IGM 417 simply be the Hep c or more likely a more serious blood issue? Anemia treatd IV iron,procrit (epoetin alfa)

Chronic anemia 13 yrs.  HepC 3+ yrs. Can elevated IGM 417 simply be the Hep c or more likely a more serious blood issue? Anemia treatd IV iron,procrit (epoetin alfa)

Get treated: The new medication for Hep C has proven to be effective for most subjects albeit on the expensive side. You need to consult your doctor to get this taken care. In fact, this may lead to resolution of some of your other problems. ...Read more

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Autoimmune hemolytic anemia with hgb 8.0/esr 80/hs-crp 8, crp 0.4. Normal ldh, reticulocytes. Treatment options for flares? On procrit (epoetin alfa) but not steroid

Autoimmune hemolytic anemia with hgb 8.0/esr 80/hs-crp 8, crp 0.4. Normal ldh, reticulocytes. Treatment options for flares? On procrit (epoetin alfa) but not steroid

Hematology/Oncology: I have forwarded your question so hopefully a Heme/Onc will answer your question on here. You need to have the underlying cause determined and treated, steroids are mainstay of treatment, also splenectomy, IV gamma globulin, avoidance of cold, removal of any offending drugs that may cause it such as sulfa drugs, and treatment with cytotoxic drugs such as danazol. Plasmapheresis is often prescribed ...Read more

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Can EPO abuse stop the kidneys from producing their own EPO once drug use is ended i've read plenty of research about erythropoietin abuse by athletes, and there is consensus that one of the big risks is polycythemia and the possibility of strokes, hypert

Yes, : Yes, once exogenously administered erythropoietin is stopped, assuming that the patient's kidneys are normal (where erythropoietin is primarily made), they should resume making erythropoietin on their own. Erythropoietin also known as epo, is a hormone that controls erythropoiesis, or red blood cell production. ...Read more

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Could epoetin help reduce occlusion of the hepatic veins ?

No: Epoetin alfa an injectable drug for treating anemia. is a protein that normally is made by the kidney. It causes bone marrow to produce oxygen-carrying red blood cells and has little effect on hepatic vein occlusion. HVT is also called Budd-Chiari syndrome caused by certain medications and diseases which result in buildup of fluid in the abdomen and an enlarged liver occasionally associated with upper abdominal pain.. ...Read more

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Can epoetin cause vision changes in a hemodialysis patient with diabetic retinopathy?

Can epoetin cause vision changes in a hemodialysis patient with diabetic retinopathy?

Depends: Dialysis can change the osmolarity of blood. The osmolarity of the jelly like substance inside the eye and lens can also change. These changes create a flux of fluid out of these tissues. These changes the anatomy of this lens system. So prescription of eye changes. These changes are temporary and not occur each time of dialysis or everyone. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of epo?

What are the benefits of epo?

Treating anemia: Epogen (epoetin alfa) (erythropoietin) is a hormone/protein made by the kidneys (in adults, made in liver in babies) to help stimulate the bone marrow to make the red blood cells. When you have kidney disease/renal failure, you lack this hormone and thus suffer anemia. Epo replaces this deficiency and thus helping/treating anemia. It is quite expensive. Mostly prescribed by kidney docs. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more