Epoetin Alfa or Eprex is a recombinant form of erythropoietin which is a naturally produced in the kidney and stimulates red blood cell production.
Epoetin Alfa or Eprex mimics erythropoietin, a glycoprotein hormone which stimulated red blood cell production. It can be used intravenously prior to surgery to reduce blood loss.
Epoetin Alfa or Eprex has been linked to seizures and thrombotic events.
People with uncontrolled hypertension cannot be exposed to Epoetin Alfa or Eprex. People who have seizure conditions such as epilepsy or who have blood coagulation problems must use Epoetin Alfa or Eprex with care. People with gout may be unable to use Epoetin Alfa or Eprex.
Because Epoetin Alfa or Eprex promotes red blood cell production, a suitable iron and vitamin intake is required.
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