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    Recombinant Human Erythropoietin Alfa/Epoetin Alfa

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    Recombinant human erythropoietin alfa/epoetin alfa uses

    Recombinant Human Erythropoietin Alfa/Epoetin Alfa is used in the treatment of anemia due to chronic kidney disease and anemia due to chemotherapy.

    How recombinant human erythropoietin alfa/epoetin alfa works

    Recombinant Human Erythropoietin Alfa/Epoetin Alfa is an erythropoiesis-stimulating agent (ESA). It works by stimulating the bone marrow (soft tissue inside the bones which produces red blood cells) to produce more red blood cells.

    Common side effects of recombinant human erythropoietin alfa/epoetin alfa

    High blood pressure, Nausea, Vomiting, Fever
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    Expert advice for Recombinant Human Erythropoietin Alfa/Epoetin Alfa

    • Recombinant Human Erythropoietin Alfa/Epoetin Alfa helps in the treatment of anemia that may have occurred due to chronic kidney disease or chemotherapy.
    • It is given as a single injection under your skin.
    • Your doctor may get your blood tests done regularly to monitor the levels of salts (electrolytes such as potassium), haemoglobin, and blood cells in your blood. 
    • Monitor your blood pressure regularly while taking this medication. Inform your doctor if you notice symptoms of very high blood pressure such as  severe headache, problems with your eyesight, nausea, vomiting or fits (seizures).
    • Stop taking Recombinant Human Erythropoietin Alfa/Epoetin Alfa and inform your doctor if you develop shortness of breath or skin rash.

    Frequently asked questions for Recombinant Human Erythropoietin Alfa/Epoetin Alfa

    Recombinant Human Erythropoietin Alfa/Epoetin Alfa

    Q. How should Recombinant Human Erythropoietin Alfa/Epoetin Alfa be stored?

    In the hospital, pre-filled syringes are stored unopened in a refrigerator between 2 and 8 degrees centigrade. If you are using at home, it is important that the pre-filled syringe is stored in your refrigerator although not in the freezer compartment. It should not be frozen. Allow the pre-filled syringe to reach room temperature prior to using it. This usually takes between 15 and 30 minutes. Recombinant Human Erythropoietin Alfa/Epoetin Alfa pre-filled syringes that are being used or about to be used can be kept at room temperature (not above 25°C) for a maximum single period of 7 days. Pre filled syringes should be protected from light.

    Q. What to do if you use too much Recombinant Human Erythropoietin Alfa/Epoetin Alfa?

    Tell the doctor or nurse immediately if you think too much Recombinant Human Erythropoietin Alfa/Epoetin Alfa has been injected.

    Q. When should Recombinant Human Erythropoietin Alfa/Epoetin Alfa not be used?

    Recombinant Human Erythropoietin Alfa/Epoetin Alfa should not be used:- 1) after the expiry date on the label, 2) if the seal is broken, 3) if the liquid is colored or you can see particles floating in it, 4) if you know, or think that it may have been accidentally frozen & 5) if there has been a refrigerator failure.

    Content on this page was last updated on 21 January, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)