Does PROCRIT injection affect kidneys?

Does PROCRIT injection affect kidneys?

Does PROCRIT injection affect kidneys?

Epoetin alfa may sometimes cause or worsen high blood pressure, especially in patients with long-term kidney failure. This effect may be caused by the number of red blood cells increasing too quickly, usually within the first 3 months of starting treatment.

How does PROCRIT help kidney disease?

PROCRIT® is a man–made form of erythropoietin that causes your bone marrow to make more red blood cells. This, in turn, raises your hemoglobin level and may reduce the need for a blood transfusion.

Does PROCRIT make you feel better?

PROCRIT® has not been proven to improve quality of life, fatigue, or well–being. PROCRIT® should not be used for treatment of anemia: If you have cancer and you will not be receiving chemotherapy that may cause anemia. If you have a cancer that has a high chance of being cured.

How long does it take for epoetin to work?

Epoetin alfa injection products will help control your anemia only as long as you continue to use it. It may take 2–6 weeks or longer before you feel the full benefit of an epoetin alfa injection product.

How long does a PROCRIT shot last?

For the multi-use vials, store opened vials in the refrigerator and discard any unused medication after 3 weeks.

How often should PROCRIT be given?

Initiate PROCRIT® treatment when the hemoglobin level is less than 10 g/dL. If the hemoglobin level approaches or exceeds 11 g/dL, reduce or interrupt the dose of PROCRIT®. The recommended starting dose for adult patients is 50 to 100 Units/kg 3 times weekly intravenously or subcutaneously.

Can PROCRIT be given at home?

Use these Instructions for Use if you or your caregiver has been trained to give PROCRIT injections at home. Do not give yourself the injection unless you have received training from your healthcare provider. If you are not sure about giving the injection or you have questions, ask your healthcare provider for help.

How do you know if Epogen is working?

Your doctor will test your blood regularly—at least weekly at the beginning of your treatment—to make sure EPOGEN® is working. The test will measure your Hb or your hematocrit (hee-MAT-a-crit) levels, though most doctors measure Hb because it is a better way to check for anemia.

When do you give PROCRIT?

Where do I inject PROCRIT?

PROCRIT can be injected directly into a layer of fat under your skin. This is called a subcutaneous injection. When giving subcutaneous injections, follow your healthcare provider’s instructions about changing the site for each injection.