What You Need to Know About Epoetin Alfa

Drug Interactions

Epoetin alfa is unlikely to interact with other medications (see Drug Interactions With Epoetin Alfa).

What If I Take an Overdose of Epoetin Alfa?

People who take too much epoetin alfa may experience the following effects:
(Click Epogen Overdose for more information.)

How Should It Be Stored?

Epoetin alfa should be stored under refrigeration. Do not freeze the medication, and do not use any epoetin alfa that has been frozen. When transporting the drug, be sure to use an insulated container and a coolant (such as a blue ice pack). Make sure the epoetin alfa does not directly touch the coolant in order to prevent it from freezing.
Also, be sure to keep epoetin alfa away from light until you are ready to use it. Light can destroy the delicate epoetin alfa molecules.
The single-dose vials must be discarded after one use, since they do not contain any preservatives. However, epoetin alfa multi-dose vials contain preservatives and may be used for up to 21 days after the first use if kept under refrigeration.
Keep this and all other medications out of the reach of children.

What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose?

If you do not take your epoetin alfa as scheduled, contact your healthcare provider. Depending on how much time has passed (as well as other factors, such as your latest blood test results), your healthcare provider will give you further instructions.
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