Compare Aranesp vs. Procrit

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Procrit (epoetin alfa)

Prescription only
Treats anemia.

Aranesp (darbepoetin alfa) is effective at treating low red blood cell count, but it might cause tumor growth and raise risk of blood clots.

Treats low red blood cell count.

Procrit (epoetin alfa) is effective at treating low red blood cell count, but it might cause tumor growth and increased risk of blood clots.

Upsides
  • Aranesp (darbepoetin alfa) is a good choice for your anemia if you have kidney problems or cancer that hasn't responded to other medications.
  • Injected less frequently than the alternative medicine.
  • This medicine is not as likely to cause an allergic reaction because it doesn't contain an ingredient called albumin unlike its alternative option.
  • Procrit (epoetin alfa) is effective at treating anemia if you have kidney problems or cancer.
  • Procrit (epoetin alfa) doesn't have to be injected every day.
  • There are no dosage adjustments if you have kidney and liver problems.
Downsides
  • Has many serious side effects that could lead to life-threatening clots.
  • Only available as an injectable and is very expensive.
  • Your blood has to be constantly monitored.
  • You must have a good amount of iron in your blood before you can start this medicine.
  • In studies, Aranesp (darbepoetin alfa) did not improve a person's quality of life or survival any better than a placebo
  • Procrit (epoetin alfa) is only available as an injectable.
  • When using Procrit (epoetin alfa), your blood has to be constantly monitored.
  • Procrit (epoetin alfa) is not available as a generic and is expensive.
  • You must have normal iron levels before starting Procrit (epoetin alfa).
  • If you have high blood pressure, Procrit (epoetin alfa) may not be the right medication for you.
Used for
  • Anemia due to chemotherapy
  • Anemia of chronic kidney failure
  • Anemia due to chemotherapy in cancer patients
  • Anemia due to chronic kidney disease
  • Anemia due to zidovudine in HIV-infected patients
  • Reduction of Allogeneic Red Blood Cell Transfusions in Patients Undergoing Elective, Noncardiac, Nonvascular Surgery
Dosage forms
  • Injection
  • Injection
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Side effects
3possible side effects
  • Any blood clot event
    6%
  • Blood clot in vein
    5%
  • Stroke
    2%
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26possible side effects
  • Fever
    42%
  • Nausea
    35%
  • High blood pressure
    28%
  • Cough
    26%
  • Vomiting
    20%
  • Rash
    19%
  • Joint pain
    16%
  • Dizziness
    10%
  • Muscle pain
    10%
  • Swelling in the mouth
    10%
  • Decreased weight
    9%
  • Medical device malfunction (artificial kidney clotting during dialysis)
    8%
  • Blockage of blood vessel
    8%
  • Decrease in white blood cells
    8%
  • Muscle spasm
    7%
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    7%
  • Injection site irritation
    7%
  • Bone pain
    7%
  • High blood sugar
    6%
  • Difficulty sleeping
    6%
  • Headache
    5%
  • Depression
    5%
  • Difficulty swallowing
    5%
  • Low potassium
    5%
  • Blood clot
    5%
  • Hives
    3%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Increased risk of death and other serious events
  • Increased risk of tumor growth and decreased surivival
  • High blood pressure
  • Risk of seizures
    • Chronic kidney disease
  • Inadequate response to Aranesp (darbepoetin alfa) and severe anemia
  • Serious allergic reactions
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  • Increased risk of death and other serious events
    • History of heart disease
    • Uncontrolled hypertension
    • High red blood cell count
  • Tumor growth
  • Risk of blood clots when recovering from surgery
  • High blood pressure
  • Seizures
    • History of seizures.
  • Lack or loss of hemoglobin response to Procrit (epoetin alfa)
  • Serious allergic reactions
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