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How To Administer Procrit Injection
I have anemia from ongoing hep c tx. May need procrit (epoetin alfa) injection. Any dietary advice to build up hemoglobin levels and red/white cell counts?
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
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
Chronic anemia(low EPO output)13yrs.treated w/iv iron&procrit. Also hepc 3urz. Last 8 mo IGM427. Can this be othr than hepc? no fibrosis yet, concernd
More info needed: Sorry you have had these medical issues--without more information, I can only consider that there may be some kidney issue. Please discuss with your physician and infectious disease physician. Would need to know how you responded to epo--what your counts were. Hope you are able to benefit from some of the new Hep C treatments. Good luck. ...Read more
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