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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more


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What're normal doses of procrit?

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 about every two weeks, is there an alternative?

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

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I was wondering what side effect to expect from injections of procrit?

I was wondering what side effect to expect from injections of procrit?

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 for kidney?

How common is to take epogen procrit for kidney?

Depends on stage: In stage 4 and stage 5 (end stage) kidney diseases, Epogen use is common, much more than in lighter stages. Of note, Epogen (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, what is the lowest blood number one can have without taking procrit and not causing harm or damage?

For a person who is on procrit, what is the lowest blood number one can have without taking procrit and not causing harm or damage?

Hemoglobin 10 or 11: For patients who are anemic due to ongoing chemotherapy, Procrit 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 for kidney damage?

How common is it  to take a drug called epogen procrit for kidney damage?

Very common: As the kidneys fail the production of erythropoetin (procrit 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 to treat 88 year-old man whose chronic leukemia is now becoming acute where he needs transfusions every two weeks?

What are pros cons of drug procrit to treat 88 year-old man whose chronic leukemia is now becoming acute where he needs transfusions every two weeks?

Limited value: Procrit 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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Dr. Steven Griggs
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