epoetin alfa

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EPOETIN ALFA - INJECTION

Common Brand Name(s): Epogen, Procrit
Phonetic Pronunciation: (eep-oh-EE-tin AL-fuh)
Information last revised July 2010

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This medication is used to treat anemia (low red blood cell count) in people with long-term serious kidney disease (chronic renal failure), people receiving zidovudine to treat HIV, and people receiving chemotherapy for certain types of cancer (non-myeloid cancers). It may also be used in anemic patients to reduce the need for blood transfusions before certain planned surgeries that have a high risk of blood loss (usually combined with the "blood thinner" warfarin). Epoetin alfa helps to reverse anemia and improves your energy and activity level. It works by signaling the bone marrow to make more red blood cells. This medication is very similar to the natural substance in your body (erythropoietin) that prevents anemia.
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