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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

Dr. Eric Weisman
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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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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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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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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

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