epoetin alfa, Epogen, Procrit (cont.)

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PRESCRIBED FOR: Epoetin alfa is used to treat anemia that is associated with chronic kidney failure in patients who are or will be receiving renal dialysis. It also is used to treat anemia in patients with HIV infection who are receiving zidovudine (Retrovir) and in patients with cancer who are receiving chemotherapy and develop anemia. Epoetin alfa may be used to replace transfusions of red blood cells in patients who are anemic and undergoing surgery. Epoetin alfa has not been shown to improve fatigue or quality of life in patients with cancer.

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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/3/2015

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