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How common is it to take a drug called epogen procrit (epoetin alfa) for kidney damage?

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Dr. James Cain
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Cain
Dr. James Cain
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Dr. Rajesh Boorgu
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis

In brief: Weekly

Procrit (epoetin alfa) is usually dosed once a week.
Some patients may be able to take it only every two weeks, and in rare instances it can be given monthly.

In brief: Weekly

Procrit (epoetin alfa) is usually dosed once a week.
Some patients may be able to take it only every two weeks, and in rare instances it can be given monthly.
Dr. Rajesh Boorgu
Dr. Rajesh Boorgu
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