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Erythropoietin

INFORMATION

Uses

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

How it works

Erythropoietin stimulates proliferation and maturation of immature red blood cells in bone marrow.

Common side effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Acne-like rash, Allergic reaction, Itching, Muscle pain, Joint pain, Central nervous system depression, Fainting, Dizziness, Difficulty in swalloing, Shortness of breath, Facial swelling, Lip swelling, Headache, Hoarseness of voice, Indigestion, Injection site bruise, Injection site irritation, Insomnia, Sore lip, Sore mouth, Urticaria, Weakness, Weight loss, Wheezing

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Expert advice

Erythropoietin should not be given in patients with uncontrolled hypertension. Choose a new spot each time receive an injection of this drug, as directed by your doctor. Write down the date, time, dose of injection, and the spot where you injected your dose in a record book.
Do not shake the erythropoietin injection. If you shake the medication, it may look foamy and should not be used.
Do not inject the drug into a spot that is tender, red, bruised, hard, or has scars or stretch marks. Contact your doctor if you suffer from fits after taking erythropoietin.
Do not take further dose of erythromycin, if you suffer from severe allergic reaction (anaphylactic reactions), swelling of eyes and lips (angioedema), bronchospasm, skin rash, and pale red raised itchy skin rash (urticaria). Erythropoietin should be given with caution in:
  • Patients with heart diseases.
  • Patients with chronic kidney disease.
  • Pregnant or breast feeding women.

Frequently asked questions

Erythropoietin

Q.What does hyoscine treat ?
Hyoscine is used for treating motion sickness

Q.How does it work?
It is also used for relief from spasm in the genito-urinary tract, gastro-intestinal tract as well as during irritable bowel syndrome (IBD). Hyoscine acts by relaxing the smooth muscles and by inhibiting secretions in the lining of the gastro-intestinal tract

Q.Is hyoscine the same as scopolamine?
Scopolamine is the brand name of hyoscine

Q.Is it an anti-histamine?
It is not an anti-histamine

Q.Can I take paracetamol/ibuprofen/painkillers with hyoscine?
Hyoscine is not known to interact with paracetamol/ibuprofen/painkillers.Drugs are known to interact with each other and cause adverse effects.Any drug used in combination with hyoscine should be as per the doctor's advice

Q.Does hyoscine cause drowsiness or relieve nausea?
Hyoscine is known to relieve nausea and may cause drowsiness as a side effect.


Content on this page was last updated on 14 October, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)