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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved epoetin alfa (Epogen®, Procrit®) for several different uses. These include:
  • Preventing the need for blood transfusions in people with anemia who are undergoing surgery
  • Treating anemia caused by zidovudine (Retrovir®, Combivir®, Trizivir®), an HIV medication
  • Treating anemia due to chronic kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Treating anemia caused by chemotherapy in people with cancer.
The medicine comes in the form of injections (shots) that are usually given in a healthcare provider's office or other setting; however, because it may need to be given as often as three times a week, you can give yourself the shots at home if your healthcare provider shows you how and if you can receive it subcutaneously.
Several different factors will affect how much epoetin alfa you need and how often you need to inject it. In addition, your healthcare provider may recommend that you take iron supplements during treatment.
(Click Epoetin Alfa for more information, including how the shots work in the body, possible side effects, whether a generic version is available, and more.)
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