Epoetin is a man-made version of human erythropoietin (EPO). EPO is produced naturally in the body, mostly by the kidneys. EPO stimulates the bone marrow to produce red blood cells. If the body does not produce enough EPO, severe anemia can occur. This often occurs in people whose kidneys are not working properly. Epoetin is used to treat severe anemia in these people. Epoetin may also be used to prevent or treat anemia caused by other conditions, such as AIDS, cancer, or surgery, as determined by your doctor.
Your doctor will need to check your blood at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
The dose of Epoetin will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor’s orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of Epoetin. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so. For severe anemia:
Adults and teenagers — Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. Epoetin is injected into a vein or under the skin. How often you take this medicine must be determined by your doctor. Your doctor may need to adjust the dose to determine the best dose for you.
Children 1 month to 12 years of age — Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. Epoetin is injected into a vein or under the skin. How often you take this medicine must be determined by your doctor. Your doctor may need to adjust the dose to determine the best dose for you.
Children up to 1 month of age — Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
Missed dose of Epoetin:
If you miss a dose of this medicine, use it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Storage – To store Epoetin:
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store in the refrigerator. However, keep the medicine from freezing.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Be sure that any discarded medicine is out of the reach of children.
Epoetin Side effects:
All medicines can cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:
Chest pain; or shortness of breath.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur:
Anxiety ; blurred vision ; convulsions (seizures); cough ; dizziness or light headedness; fainting ; fast heartbeat ; nausea ; pain or discomfort in arms, jaw, back or neck; pains in chest, groin, or legs, especially calves of legs ; severe headaches of sudden onset; sudden loss of coordination ; sudden and severe inability to speak ; slurred speech ; sudden vision changes; sweating ; temporary blindness; vomiting; weakness in arm and/or leg on one side of the body, sudden and severe.