Common Reactions to Epoetin Alfa

Common Side Effects of Epoetin Alfa

Epoetin alfa has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, in which side effects are carefully documented. In these studies, the most common side effects of epoetin alfa included:
  • Nausea -- in up to 58 percent of people
  • Constipation -- up to 53 percent
  • Fatigue -- up to 44 percent
  • Vomiting -- up to 29 percent
  • Fever -- up to 29 percent
  • Irritation, redness, or pain at the injection site -- up to 29 percent
  • Infection -- up to 27 percent.
Other common epoetin alfa side effects (occurring in 11 to 24 percent of people) included:

Final Thoughts on Side Effects of Epoetin Alfa

You may experience some or none of the side effects of epoetin alfa listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand whether you will have side effects from a medicine that you have never tried. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking the drug or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be a side effect of epoetin alfa, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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