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Epogen

epoetin alfa
Epoetin alfa is a man-made form of a protein that helps your body produce red blood cells. This protein may be reduced when you have kidney failure or use certain medications. When fewer red blood cells are produced, you can develop a condition called anemia. Epoetin alfa is used to treat anemia caused by chemotherapy in adults and children at least 5 years old. Epoetin alfa is also used to treat anemia caused by chronic kidney disease in adults and children at least 1 month old. Epoetin alfa is also used to treat anemia in adults taking zidovudine to treat HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). Epoetin alfa is also used to reduce the need for red blood cell transfusions in adults having certain types of surgery. Epoetin alfa may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
CHEMICAL NAME
epoetin alfa
DRUG TYPE
erythropoiesis-stimulating agents
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This medicine can cause serious side effects, including heart attack or stroke. Epoetin alfa may also speed up tumor growth, or shorten remission or survival time in some people. Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using epoetin alfa.

You should not use this medicine if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure, or if you have ever had pure red cell aplasia (PRCA, a type of anemia) caused by using epoetin alfa or darbepoetin alfa.

Call your doctor at once if you have signs of a blood clot: sudden numbness or weakness, problems with vision or speech, chest pain, trouble breathing, pain or cold feeling in an arm or leg.

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