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Medicine For Procrit Allergy
Procrit allergy: Procrit (epoetin alfa) is a protein that helps with red blood cell production. An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. For potential adverse effects see: https://www. Drugs. Com/procrit. Html ...Read more
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
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
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
Several: Increased mortality (death), serious cardiovascular events, thromboembolic events, stroke and increased risk of tumor progression or recurrence. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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?
Dietary anemia tx: To "build up your blood" dietarily, eat red meat which has hemoglobin from animals. ...Read more
Is it possible that the shot procrit (epoetin alfa) cause swelling with redness and pain in the feet, ankles and lower legs?
It is possible: Swelling and pain can be side effects of procrit (epoetin alfa). Talk to your doctor about them. ...Read more
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
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
Serum b12> 1999 mma 0.4, homocysteine high 19. No folate (folic acid) or iron deficiency normocytic anemia not responding to procrit. Is this an absorption issue?
Anemia: Can be caused by blood loss or bone marrow suppression as well. More information is needed (how long have you had a normal iron, folate (folic acid) and b12 level. What is your reticulocyte count? (is your bone marrow producing new RBC's)? How low is your HCT and has it come up or gone down with B12. Is the RDW elevated (do you put out large and small RBC's at the same time? Any blood loss? ...Read more
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
Stop taking it: If it is an extreme necessity, and there are no alternatives, and you don't know whether this an allergic reaction or an adverse drug reaction (side effect), see an allergist/immunologist for evaluation and possible desensitization to the said drug for treatment of a particular disease episode, good luck ...Read more
Various Options: Daily steroid or antihistamines nasal sprays (fluticasone, azelastine) are helpful. Determining exactly what you could be sensitized to in order to practice appropriate avoidance measures is also important. If medications and avoidance are not effective or not feasible allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) could be an option as well. Other meds include Sudafed, Mucinex, (guaifenesin) Afrin, oral antihistamines ...Read more
Could be!: Without understanding the circumstances and the type of reaction, it is impossible to answer the question. If you started the new medicine, and experienced a reaction, it could be due to allergy to the medication. ...Read more
No cure yet, but...: Allergy shots (allergen immunotherapy) is currently the only treatment that is disease modifiying, meaning it can change how the body responds to exposure to allergens. It is "natural" and long lasting effects carry on after shots are stopped. It works for most, but not all people. Closest thing to a cure so far..... For more read my blog at: http://www. Familyallergyasthmacare. Com/2013/03/its-no. ...Read more
OTC Allergy: Not fair. Truly, it is trial-and-error. What works best for you might not work best for someone else. Loratadine is the weakest binding non-sedating antihistamine; Cetirizine is the strongest binding non-sedating antihistamine. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) works better than both but it makes people sleepy. ...Read more
Several choices: The most effective treatment for relief of seasonal allergies are prescription nasal steroid sprays (qnasl, nasonex, (mometasone) rhinocort, flonase). If symptoms are mild then over the counter zyrtec, claritin, or Allegra can help. It's best to start treating seasonal allergies before the "season" starts. This is a prevention approach. If the above meds haven't controlled symptoms, consider allergy shots. ...Read more
Big question: There are a lot of allergy medications & your time span is enormous. Could you take a medication that expired last month? Yes. Last year? Yes, but it might not work as well. Five years ago? Sure but why bother? Medications don't become dangerous as they age just gradually less effective. One exception is Epinephrine it rapidly loses effectiveness after expiration & its needed to save lives. ...Read more
Think whole airway: Upper airway allergies trigger clear, watery discharge along with itch and congestion; this can tickle the back of throat: thus cough - but lower airway involvement must be considered. Allergies can cause cough through asthma-like reactions (or outright cough asthma). Albuterol inhaler +\-montelukast worth a try after oral antihistamines and nasal steroids/antihistamines. ...Read more
ALLERGIC RHINITIS: YES:Allergic rhinitis causes Swelling of nasal mucosa/itchy eyes /post nasal drip. You can do nasal irrigation with Neil Med system. Zaditor (ketotifen) Eye Drops and Claritin & Flonase are all effective. If symptoms persist follow up with your doctor for exam and labs ...Read more