Procrit is sometimes used by patients who are undergoing chemotherapy treatment or have chronic kidney disease. By increasing red blood cells, it reduces the need for blood transfusions. Procrit also provides symptom management, which can allow cancer drugs to be given at higher, more therapeutic doses.
Cont’d: Naturally occurring protein levels within the body may decline with kidney problems or with the use certain medications.Procrit is used to treat anemia in patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Procrit is also used to treat anemia caused by zidovudine in HIV-infected patients and in certain patients receiving chemotherapy.
There are several causes of anemia, and its treatment will depend on its cause. Treatments for anemia may include the use of iron, vitamin B12, and blood transfusion, or erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs). ESAs are a class of drugs that stimulate the bone marrow to make more red blood cells.
There are many different types of side effects that can occur with PROCRIT®.
If you are currently taking or considering taking PROCRIT®, you and your doctor should evaluate all risks and benefits associated with this drug. PROCRIT® should not be used in patients with cancer who have anemia that is not caused by chemotherapy or in patients with cancer who have a high chance of being cured. Your doctor should use the lowest dose of PROCRIT® needed to help you avoid blood transfusions.