epoetin alfa, Epogen, Procrit (cont.)

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SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of epoetin alfa in patients with kidney failure on dialysis are:

Rare cases of stinging at the injection site, skin rash and flu-like symptoms (joint and muscle pain) have occurred within a few hours following administration.

Allergic reactions, seizures, and thrombotic events (for example, heart attacks, strokes, and pulmonary embolism ) rarely occur.

In HIV-infected patients receiving zidovudine, the most common side effects with epoetin alfa are fever, headache, rash, and nasal or chest congestion. Rare cases of seizures or severe rash have occurred in these patients.

The most common side effects in patients undergoing surgery with anemia are:

Blood clots in veins, referred to as a deep venous thrombosis, also may occur.

Among patients with cancer receiving chemotherapy, the most common side effects of epoetin alfa are:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/3/2015


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