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    Recombinant Human Erythropoietin Alfa / Epoetin Alfa

    Information about Recombinant Human Erythropoietin Alfa / Epoetin Alfa

    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

    Increased blood pressure, Nausea, Vomiting, Fever

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    Expert advice for Recombinant Human Erythropoietin Alfa / Epoetin Alfa

    • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have a history of blood disorders, cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, seizures, or kidney disease.
    • Inform your doctor if you experience chest pain, breathing problems, sudden/severe headache, or difficulty with vision, speech, or walking.
    • Requires regular BP monitoring.
    • Requires weekly haemoglobin(Hb) level monitoring when treatment starts and monthly thereafter. Hb level should not exceed 1 g/dL in any 14-day span.
    • Do not discontinue treatment without consulting your doctor, even if you feel better.

    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 25 October, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)