epoetin alfa, Epogen, Procrit (cont.)

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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:

  • fever,
  • diarrhea,
  • tissue swelling,
  • shortness of breath,
  • paresthesia (abnormal sensations like burning or prickling that may occur anywhere in the body), and
  • upper respiratory infection.

Treatment with epoetin alfa may increase the growth of several types of cancer and reduce survival, and, therefore, its use should be restricted to the conditions discussed previously.



PREPARATIONS: Vials containing liquid for injection: 2000, 3000, 4000, 10000, 20000 and 40000 U/ml as well as 20000 U/2ml

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/3/2015

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