1 What is Epogen?

Brand: Epogen, Procrit

Generic: Epoetin Alfa

EpogenĀ is a drug used in the treatment of anemia of the following conditions: chronic renal failure, zidovudine treatment in HIV patients, cancer chemotherapy, and in those patients who are at high risk for surgical blood loss.


You should read the product information leaflet before using this medication. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. This drug is being given as an injection under the skin or into a vein, usually 1 to 3 times a week or as directed by your doctor.

Your dosage is based on your medical condition and the way you will respond to treatment.

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Epoetinalfa may interact with medications such as desmopressin. Tell your doctor about prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use with Epoetinalfa.

Side Effects

There are no side effects known aside from a possible allergic reaction in people who have previous or unknown hypersensitivity to the drug.

Watch out for signs of allergic reactions such as:

  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Swelling


Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have the following:

  • Allergy to epoetinalfa
  • High blood pressure
  • Blood disorders
  • Blood vessel problems such as stroke
  • Heart problems
  • Seizure disorder
  • Porphyria
  • Certain vitamin deficiencies
  • Pregnancy or lactation

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