You will be monitored regularly by your doctor while you are taking epoetin alfa. Tests will include blood tests (specifically hemoglobin and hematocrit) and blood pressure measurements.
Older adults who have cancer and are receiving chemotherapy are especially vulnerable to the adverse effects of anemia as a result of chemotherapy and would therefore be the most likely candidates for epoetin alfa therapy.
More common Bone or joint pain. general feeling of tiredness or weakness. heartburn or belching. itching or stinging at the injection site. loss of strength or energy. muscle aches or weakness. shivering. skin pain.
Epoetin alfa injection products are used to treat anemia (a lower than normal number of red blood cells) in people with chronic kidney failure (condition in which the kidneys slowly and permanently stop working over a period of time).
Do not shake PROCRIT. Shaking could cause PROCRIT not to work. If you shake PROCRIT, the solution in the vial may look foamy and should not be used. Do not freeze PROCRIT.
Epoetin alfa may sometimes cause or worsen high blood pressure, especially in patients with long-term kidney failure. This effect may be caused by the number of red blood cells increasing too quickly, usually within the first 3 months of starting treatment.
Subcutaneous Route: Epogen can be injected directly into a layer of fat under your skin. This is called a subcutaneous injection. When giving subcutaneous injections, follow your healthcare provider’s instructions about changing the site for each injection.
Iron deficiency anemia and the anemia of chronic disease are the most common types of anemia in the elderly.
Terms in this set (29) Which patient should not receive epoetin alfa ( Epogen) as ordered at 9 am? Hypertension is the most common adverse effect of administration of epoetin alfa ( Epogen ). Patients with uncontrolled hypertension should not receive the medication.
Your doctor will test your blood regularly—at least weekly at the beginning of your treatment—to make sure EPOGEN ® is working. The test will measure your Hb or your hematocrit (hee-MAT-a-crit) levels, though most doctors measure Hb because it is a better way to check for anemia.
Iron dextran injection is used to treat iron-deficiency anemia (a lower than normal number of red blood cells due to too little iron) in people who cannot be treated with iron supplements taken by mouth. Iron dextran injection is in a class of medications called iron replacement products.
This medication may rarely cause serious (sometimes fatal) problems from blood clots (such as heart attack, stroke, blood clots in the legs or lungs).
One way of treating anemia is with oral iron supplements, including pills, capsules, drops, and extended-release tablets. The purpose of oral iron supplementation is to treat your symptoms by increasing the levels of iron and hemoglobin in your body.
Popular Anemia Drugs folic acid. $7.96. ferrous sulfate. $7.31. ferrous gluconate. $4.58. leucovorin. $14.52. Procrit. $2,189.91. Integra Plus. $22.75. Integra. $15.46. Ferralet 90. $78.43.
These drugs are given by injection (shot) and work by stimulating the production of more red blood cells. These cells are then released from the bone marrow into the bloodstream. There are two ESAs on the U.S. market: epoetin alfa ( Procrit,® Epogen ®), and darbepoietin alfa (Aranesp®).