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Epoetin Alfa

INFORMATION

Uses

Epoetin Alfa is used in the treatment of anemia, anemia due to chemotherapy and anemia due to chronic kidney disease.

How it works

Epoetin alfa belongs to an identical type of human glycoprotein hormone called erythropoietin. Epoetin alfa works by stimulating red blood cell production.

Common side effects

Nausea, Muscle pain, Joint pain, Depression, Headache, Increased blood pressure, Injection site pain, Injection site redness, Insomnia, Formation of blood clots in dialysis shunt, Vomiting

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Expert advice

  • Take advice from doctor if you suffer or have suffered from fits (epilepsy), high blood pressure, severe liver failure or anemia from other causes.
  • Epoetin alfa should be used with caution in patients with a rare blood pigment disorder that affects skin and other organs (porphyria).
  • Ask your doctor for advice if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breast-feeding.

Frequently asked questions

Epoetin Alfa

Q.What is epoetin alfa/ epoetin alfa injection used for?
Epoetin alfa is used for treatment of anemia (low hemoglobin or abnormally reduced number of red blood cells) related to severe kidney disease, cancer chemotherapy for certain tumors or due to zidovudine treatment for HIV (Human immunodeficiency virus) infection. Epoetin alfa is also used in moderately anemic patients scheduled to have major bone surgery (hip or knee replacement surgery) to reduce the need for blood transfusion

Q.How does epoetin alfa work?
Epoetin alfa works by stimulating red blood cell production.


Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)