Are EPOGEN and Procrit the same?
Epogen and Procrit are both epoetin alfa, but they are marketed by two different pharmaceutical companies. The FDA approved epoetin alfa in June 1989.
How does EPOGEN or Procrit work in the body?
About: Epoetin Alfa (Procrit®, Epogen®) In our bodies, a decrease in the number of red blood cells or hemoglobin level causes the kidneys to release a protein called erythropoietin, which in turn stimulates the bone marrow to make more red blood cells.
How long does it take for Procrit to take effect?
It usually takes 2 to 6 weeks before the number of red blood cells increases in your body. Individual results with PROCRIT® may vary. There are many different types of side effects that can occur with PROCRIT®.
What does EPOGEN do for the body?
EPOGEN® is a prescription medicine that acts like the hormone erythropoietin. It helps the body create more red blood cells, which raises the hemoglobin (Hb) level. Hemoglobin [HEE-moh-glow-bin] is the part of the red blood cell that holds the oxygen.
Are Epogen and retacrit interchangeable?
Retacrit cannot be interchanged with Epogen at the pharmacy level; the physician must specifically order Retacrit. Retacrit (epoetin alfa-epbx), from Hospira, and Epogen, (epoetin alfa), from Amgen, are both erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESA) used to help improve red blood cell production.
How long is PROCRIT stable at room temperature?
Results: Filgrastim and epoetin alfa concentrations were stable for at least 24 hours when refrigerated and for at least three weeks when frozen. At room temperature, filgrastim was stable for 18 hours and epoetin alfa for 24 hours.
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.
What is epepogen Procrit used for?
Epogen/Procrit was approved on June 1, 1989 for the treatment of anemia associated with chronic renal failure, including patients on dialysis and patients not on dialysis and on April 1, 1993 for the treatment of anemia due to the effects of concomitant myelosuppressive chemotherapy. Aranesp is an Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents (ESAs).
What are the possible side effects of Procrit?
Common side effects include: upper respiratory tract infection, arthralgia, decreased serum iron, diarrhea, edema, fever, low serum ferritin, paresthesia, respiratory congestion, skin rash, tachycardia, cough, dyspnea, headache, nausea, signs and symptoms of injection site, and vomiting. See the full Procrit side effects document.
What does the dose strength of Procrit mean?
You understand what the dose strength of PROCRIT means. PROCRITvials come in several dose strengths. For example, the dose strength may be described as 10,000 Units/mL on the vial label. This strength means that 10,000 Units of medicine are contained in each 1 mL (milliliter) of liquid. Your healthcare provider may also refer to a mL as a “cc.”
What is pracprocrit?
PROCRIT (Epoetin alfa), a 165 amino acid glycoprotein manufactured by recombinant DNA technology, has the same biological effects as endogenous erythropoietin. 1 It has a molecular weight of 30,400 daltons and is produced by mammalian cells into which the human erythropoietin gene has been introduced.