Procrit for Anemia Treatment

Procrit for the treatment of anemia

Procrit for the treatment of anemia

Procrit is a man-made form of erythropoietin (a protein) that can be prescribed in order to help the body produce more red blood cells. When fewer red blood cells are produced, a condition can develop called anemia.

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®.

  • Procrit should only be given with certain levels of hemoglobin (below 11 g/dL). If high levels of hemoglobin are present, patients may experience heart problems.
  • If you are going to have surgery, talk to your healthcare professional about whether you need to take a blood thinner to lessen the chance of blood clots during or following surgery. You may get blood clots at any time while taking PROCRIT®. Clots can form in blood vessels (veins), especially in your leg (deep venous thrombosis, or DVT). Pieces of a blood clot may travel to the lungs and block the blood circulation in the lungs (pulmonary embolus)
  • Other side effects of PROCRIT®, which may be serious, include high blood pressure, seizures, antibodies to PROCRIT®, and serious allergic reactions.
  • Common side effects you may experience are rash, swelling in your legs and arms, and injection site reactions including irritation and pain. Though these are most-common, they do not represent all the possible side effects of 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.

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