Procrit

(epoetin alfa)

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Treats low red blood cell count.

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

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

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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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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  • Starts to kick in
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  • Possible side effects
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Rash
  • High blood pressure
  • Joint pain
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Side effect rates for Procrit (epoetin alfa)

From 244 clinical trials of Procrit when taken for null
  • Fever
    42%42%
    34%34%
  • Nausea
    35%35%
    30%30%
  • High blood pressure
    28%28%
    13%13%
  • Cough
    26%26%
    14%14%
  • Vomiting
    20%20%
    16%16%
  • Rash
    19%19%
    7%7%
  • Joint pain
    16%16%
    3%3%
  • High blood pressure
    14%14%
    10%10%
  • Joint pain
    12%12%
    8%8%
  • Fever
    10%10%
    8%8%
  • Dizziness
    10%10%
    8%8%
  • Muscle pain
    10%10%
    5%5%
  • Joint pain
    10%10%
    6%6%
  • Swelling in the mouth
    10%10%
    8%8%
  • Cough
    9%9%
    7%7%
  • Decreased weight
    9%9%
    5%5%
  • Medical device malfunction (artificial kidney clotting during dialysis)
    8%8%
    4%4%
  • Blockage of blood vessel
    8%8%
    2%2%
  • Decrease in white blood cells
    8%8%
    7%7%
  • Muscle spasm
    7%7%
    6%6%
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    7%7%
    5%5%
  • Injection site irritation
    7%7%
    4%4%
  • Bone pain
    7%7%
    4%4%
  • Rash
    7%7%
    5%5%
  • High blood sugar
    6%6%
    4%4%
  • Difficulty sleeping
    6%6%
    2%2%
  • Headache
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • Depression
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • Difficulty swallowing
    5%5%
    2%2%
  • Low potassium
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Blood clot
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Hives
    3%3%
    1%1%
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Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Procrit.

Procrit (epoetin alfa)
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People taking Procrit felt side effect more

People taking Procrit felt side effect less

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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

Pharmacist Q&A

Procrit (epoetin alfa) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats anemia (low red blood cell count) in individuals with non-myeloid cancers treated with chemotherapy.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats anemia (low red blood cell count) in individuals with non-myeloid cancers treated with chemotherapy.

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.