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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?
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Dr. Romeo Mandanas
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
In brief: Depends
The answer in part depends upon the person taking procrit (epoetin alfa).
If they have heart disease or lung disease they risk aggravating the heart disease or increasing shortness of breath as their hemoglobin goes down; if they are on treatment with radiation they may have more symptoms. Most of the time hemoglobins above 8-10 are adequate. Below 8 individuals usually have more symptoms.

In brief: Depends
The answer in part depends upon the person taking procrit (epoetin alfa).
If they have heart disease or lung disease they risk aggravating the heart disease or increasing shortness of breath as their hemoglobin goes down; if they are on treatment with radiation they may have more symptoms. Most of the time hemoglobins above 8-10 are adequate. Below 8 individuals usually have more symptoms.
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
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