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What is PROCRIT®?

PROCRIT® is a man-made form of the protein human erythropoietin that is given to reduce or avoid the need for red blood cell transfusions. PROCRIT® stimulates your bone marrow to make more red blood cells. Having more red blood cells raises your hemoglobin level.

Why am I taking it?

PROCRIT® may be used to treat a lower than normal number of red blood cells (anemia) if it is caused by:
  • Chronic kidney disease (you may or may not be on dialysis)
  • Chemotherapy that will be used for at least two months after starting PROCRIT®
  • A medicine called zidovudine (AZT) used to treat HIV infection.
PROCRIT® may also be used to reduce the chance you will need red blood cell transfusions if you are scheduled for certain surgeries where a lot of blood loss is expected.

How does it work?

PROCRIT® is a man-made form of erythropoietin (EPO). PROCRIT® works like EPO — it causes your bone marrow to make more red blood cells. This, in turn, raises your level of hemoglobin, a protein found in red blood cells that carries oxygen to all parts of the body. Having a normal, or near-normal hemoglobin level may lessen the need for a blood transfusion. The rise in hemoglobin does not happen right away. It usually takes 2 to 6 weeks before the number of red blood cells goes up in your body. Not everyone will have the same results with PROCRIT®.

How is PROCRIT® administered?

PROCRIT® is available by prescription only and is given as a shot (injection) either subcutaneously (under the skin) or in some cases, intravenously (into a vein). Your doctor will determine the appropriate starting dose and may make adjustments to that dose over time.

References:
1. National Anemia Action Council. Feature articles: treating anemia with red blood cell transfusions. http://anemia.org/patients/feature-articles/content.php?contentid=000482&sectionid=00015. Accessed January 24, 2013.
2. National Anemia Action Council. Feature articles: ESA drugs treat anemia by stimulating red blood cell production. http://anemia.org/patients/feature-articles/content.php?contentid=000379&sectionid=00015. Accessed January 24, 2013.
3. National Anemia Action Council. Frequently asked questions. Feature articles. What is anemia? http://anemia.org/patients/feature-articles/content.php?contentid=000174&sectionid=00015. Accessed January 24, 2013.