epogen
(Procrit)

This medicine is a synthetic erythropoietin analog used to treat anemia in certain patients with chronic kidney disease, anemia caused by chemotherapy in certain cancer patients, or anemia caused by taking zidovudine in certain HIV patients. It is also used to reduce the need for blood transfusions in certain patients who are at high risk of blood loss caused by certain types of surgeries. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

This medicine is a synthetic erythropoietin analog used to treat anemia in certain patients with chronic kidney disease, anemia caused by chemotherapy in certain cancer patients, or anemia caused by taking zidovudine in certain HIV patients. It is also used to reduce the need for blood transfusions in certain patients who are at high risk of blood loss caused by certain types of surgeries. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
CAUTIONS: DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE if you are allergic to any ingredient in this medicine, including if you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness) to this medicine. IT MAY TAKE SEVERAL WEEKS for this medicine to work. Do not stop taking this medicine without checking with your doctor. DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DOSE of this medicine without checking with your doctor. Laboratory and/or medical tests, including kidney function, blood pressure, iron studies, and hemoglobin levels, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LABORATORY APPOINTMENTS while you are using this medicine. BEFORE YOU HAVE ANY MEDICAL OR DENTAL TREATMENTS, EMERGENCY CARE, OR SURGERY, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using this medicine. This medicine may cause dizziness. DO NOT DRIVE, OPERATE MACHINERY, OR DO ANYTHING ELSE THAT COULD BE DANGEROUS until you know how you react to this medicine. Using this medicine alone, with other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform potentially dangerous tasks. TELL YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if symptoms of anemia persist or recur, such as increased fatigue/weakness or pale skin color. THIS MEDICINE CONTAINS ALBUMIN, which comes from human blood. There is an extremely rare risk of developing a viral disease or a central nervous system disease called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. No cases of viral diseases or Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease from albumin have been identified. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE UNDER CONTROL while you use this medicine. If you take blood pressure medicines, do not stop taking any of them without checking with your doctor. Closely follow your doctor's instructions for diet and blood pressure monitoring. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINES, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU BECOME PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. IT IS UNKNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS FOUND in breast milk. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you use this medicine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby. THIS MEDICINE MAY CONTAIN THE PRESERVATIVE BENZYL ALCOHOL. If you are pregnant or are breast-feeding, use a formulation without this preservative. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor or pharmacist.
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