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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Epogen (Overview)

Epogen is a blood and coagulation agent.


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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. Lonnie Smith
29 doctors shared insights

Epogen (Overview)

Epogen is a blood and coagulation agent.


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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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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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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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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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What stimulates the release of erythropoietin by the kidneys?

Hypoxia: This is a very complex process. The simplest answer is: hypoxia (low oxygen tension, anemia) stimulates HIF production (hopoxia-inducible factor) which then stimulates epo release from the kidney. Another protein called VHL inhibits HIF action on epo (negative regulator). Mutation of VHL can cause excessive epo release, resulting in congenital erythrocytosis (a rare genetic disorder). ...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