Procrit

(epoetin alfa)

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Treats low red blood cell count.

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Our bottom line

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

Quick facts about Procrit
  • Drug class: Hematopoietic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available
Prices and discounts
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Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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.
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Lowest price for 4 1ml-of-20000-units-ml vials
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$2007.82
How it works

Procrit (epoetin alfa) is a hematopoietic agent. It helps your body produce more red blood cells by increasing the number of premature red blood cells.

Quick facts about Procrit
  • Drug class: Hematopoietic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Used for

  • Anemia due to chemotherapy in cancer patients
  • Anemia due to chronic kidney disease
  • Anemia due to zidovudine in HIV-infected patients

Dosage forms

  • Injection
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What to expect when you take Procrit (epoetin alfa) for Anemia

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Side effect rates for Procrit (epoetin alfa)

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From clinical trials of Procrit / All
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • High blood pressure
  • Cough
  • Vomiting
  • Rash
  • Joint pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Joint pain
  • Fever

Risks and Warnings for Procrit (epoetin alfa)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of heart disease
    • Uncontrolled hypertension
    • High red blood cell count

    Procrit (epoetin alfa) can increase the chance of death and serious heart events. To prevent this, make sure you visit your doctor regularly and do blood tests. It is important that your red blood cell level does not get too high.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Procrit (epoetin alfa)

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Kidneys and liver
  • Procrit (epoetin alfa) is effective at treating anemia if you have kidney problems or cancer.
  • There are no dosage adjustments if you have kidney and liver problems.